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Following a brilliant inaugural festival, StoryFest returns in June 2021 with a jam-packed main program to be enjoyed in the Milton/Mollymook/Ulladulla area. 

StoryFest 2021 showcases over 40 artists across 30 events in a line-up that promises to engage and entertain audiences keen to get out and support Australian artists. 

Highlights and special guests of the June 18 to 20 event include: 

• StoryFest patron, and international bestselling author, Markus Zusak, will deliver the openingnight address. 

• Craig Silvey, international bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Jasper Jones. 

• Bestselling writer Rosalie Ham will discuss her new novel ‘The Dressmaker’s Secret’, and the epic journey of ‘The Dressmaker’, from concept to novel to film. 

• The Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP will talk with journalist and commentator Jane Caro about life after COVID-19. 

• ABC Radio’s Wendy Harmer will be leading the debate on freedom of speech with a panel of journalists, commentators, and comedians. 

• Journalist and bestselling novelist, Nikki Gemmell will be joining award-winning writers Jock Serong and David Hunt to discuss stories from Australian history. 

• Farmer Charles Massey OA is a champion for regenerative agriculture and changing Australian farming practices. His recent book ‘Call of the Reed Warbler’ featured on the ABC program Australian Story in 2020. 

• Patricia Ellis, who belongs to the Brinja Yuin people of Moruya and the Walbanga of Batemans Bay, will be in conversation about her life work, ‘The Dhurga Dictionary and Learner Grammar’, cowritten with her siblings Kerry Boyenga and Waine Donovan. 

* Workshops include Introduction to Memoir by writer Lee Kofman, The Craft of Editing led by renowned editor Louise Thurtell and Shooting Film by international film teacher Jeff Licence.

The festival closes on Sunday with a lunch at The Old Church, Milton featuring a very special conversation with journalist Nicole Abadee and host of Conversations on the ABC, Richard Fidler. 

“The unprecedented events of the past two years have definitely shaped our program,” says Festival Director Meredith Jaffé. 

“Our line-up has writers, poets, filmmakers and performers talking about everything from Australian history, climate collapse, brave new worlds, surf culture, and some of the latest great crime stories, as well as fascinating insights into forgotten women from history, mental health and parenting, and an exploration of physical perfection.”

A full program and tickets are available at storyfest.org.au

  • International bestselling author, Markus Zusak, will deliver the StoryFest opening night address, with a line up of 40 artists across 30 events planned for the June 18 to 20 event.

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