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Wild, weird, won­der­ful theme

Augusta Margaret River Times - - FRONT PAGE -

For­mer di­rec­tor Tanya Per­due has taken back the helm of the Mar­garet River Read­ers and Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

Re­turn­ing from a year off to have a baby, Ms Per­due will be joined by events man­ager Michelle Wright after new di­rec­tors were sought for next year’s fes­ti­val.

The team has also un­veiled the theme for next year’s event: “wild, weird, and won­der­ful”.

Ms Per­due said each year an ef­fort was made to choose a theme that shifted the mood and emo­tional space from the pre­vi­ous year’s fes­ti­val.

“We look for­ward to spark­ing cu­rios­ity and bring­ing to life all sorts of wild, weird and won­der­ful sto­ries at next year’s event,” she said.

“Lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals are such an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for dis­cus­sion, con­ver­sa­tion and the shar­ing of ideas, and we’re look­ing for­ward to bring­ing in­trigu­ing sto­ries to fes­ti­val-go­ers that will stay with them long after the event has fin­ished.”

Arts Mar­garet River gen­eral man­ager An­drew Frith said hav­ing the duo in charge would help in­crease the scope of the fes­ti­val.

“Arts Mar­garet River is now very well placed to de­liver a fes­ti­val that’s even bet­ter than the last one,” he said.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to next year’s fes­ti­val, as well as our year-round events, too, of course.”

Next year’s fes­ti­val will take place in May at Voy­ager Es­tate for the se­cond year run­ning be­cause of the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Mar­garet River Cul­tural Cen­tre.

Pic­ture: War­ren Hately

Read­ers and Writ­ers Fes­ti­val cre­ative di­rec­tor Tanya Per­due re­turns and events man­ager Michelle Wright signs on to pre­pare for next year's ma­jor event.

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