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The Saturday Paper: Fables

Erik Jensen, Kate Holden, Fiona Wright, Wendy Harmer & Debra Adelaide 

Once upon a time, the people of Sydney were in need of a good story. The Saturday Paper editor in chief, Erik Jensen, gathers Australia's brightest writers to retell today's events as fables. 

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
 

Joan Didion

Storytime for grownups

The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs - fables we hear as children lodge in our memories and become ways to interpret our lives. In a time of ill ease and moral dilemma, we need simple moral stories to make sense of the world around us. In this amusing reading, writers turn their attention to the catastrophes of our times, and reinterpret them as fables. Prepare yourself for unexpected tales and some laughs. Curated by The Saturday Paper editor in chief, Erik Jensen, don't miss this brilliant storytelling session with some of Australia’s wittiest personalities.

Session supported by The Saturday Paper 

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Kate Holden is the author of In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, published by Text. For six years she wrote a column for The Age and has published essays, short stories, and reviews in Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Weekend Australian, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and others.

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled, which won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and Domestic Interior, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her new essay collection is The World Was Whole.

Wendy Harmer has found success as a journalist, columnist, radio broadcaster, TV host, author, playwright and comic performer. A former political journalist, she forged a career in comedy and was a pioneer for women in media. She hosted ABC TV’s ‘The Big Gig’ and was part of the 2Day FM’s ‘Morning Crew’, which dominated Sydney radio ratings for 11 years. Wendy is currently the co-host of ABC Radio Sydney’s breakfast show with Robbie Buck.

Debra Adelaide is a researcher, editor, book reviewer, and writer of the best-selling The Household Guide to Dying. Her collection of short stories Letter to George Clooney was shortlisted for the 2013 Kibble Literary Award. She has been a judge several literary awards including The Australian / Vogel Awards for younger writers, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Patrick White Award. Her most recent novel, The Women’s Pages, was longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. 

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