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Telling the stories of local people and new generations, first nations women to nostalgia of the ’burbs, the #MeToo movement and contemporary Indigenous art - this year’s ninth annual Glen Eira Storytelling Festival will once again present stories to captivate and provoke from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 7 July.

Offering a range of speakers and presentations, here is a top-five selection to see at the Festival:

  • Writers Victoria - Writers Victoria will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a line-up of stellar authors, sharing some of the writing that lifts us up, makes us think, changes our world and brings us home. There will also be a Q&A session. Authors attending or in discussion will include Christos Tsiolkas, Bram Presser, Jamie Marina Lau and Enza Gandolfo.

  • Jude Perl — I Have a Face - Winner of Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe 2018 and the 2019 gong for Best Cabaret Artiste at this year’s Green Room Awards, singer-songwriter-comedian Jude Perl is nothing short of magnificent. I Have a Face, is a theatrical ‘rapid-fire’ exploration of labels, categorisation and gender identity.

  • Towards Cinematic Fiction - Join Writers Victoria Chair Nicolas Brasch and author of The Nowhere Child Christian White as they discuss how to pick the right medium for your story, the differences between writing for the screen and for the page, and how learning one can help with the other.

Pictured: (left to right) Bram Presser, Jamie Marina Lau, Christos Tsiolkasand Enza Gandolfo

  • Ron Elisha — Unsolicited Male - Inspired by the #MeToo movement, acclaimed playwright Ron Elisha’s new work explores the dynamics of power in the workplace. Instead of Hollywood moguls, the protagonists are people like you and me, yet the dynamics are not all that far removed from those of the casting couch. Kym Valentine (Neighbours and Baby in Dirty Dancing), joins Russell Fletcher and Liam Seymour, alongside Q44 company members Gabriella Rose Carter and William Atkinson. Directed by Suzanne Heywood.

  • The Adventures of Catvinklewith Elliot Perlman - This is international best-selling author Elliot Perlman as you’ve never seen him. Based on The Adventures of Catvinkle — his tailspin of a tale that makes children and adults howl with laughter — comes a storytelling workshop to help let young writers off their leash.

See a the craft of storytelling come to life in the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival this winter June and July!


Dates: Saturday 22 June - Sunday 7 July

Times: Multiple times & locations. Website for details

Glen Eira Website