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The Saturday Paper: Fables

Erik Jensen, Kate Holden, Fiona Wright

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

Venue to be announced. All venues are located within the Sydney Opera House. 

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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 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 

More about the speakers...

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.

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