WELCOME TO COUNTRY

The Welcome to Country will be performed by Murramarang Elder Tom Butler, Traditional Custodian of the Murramarang land. Join the Ulladulla High School Didgeridoo Group and Festival Director Meredith Jaffè for a very special Welcome to Country in the heart of Milton at the Village Green Rotunda.

FREE


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Anglican Church Hall

CONVERSATION - Inspiring Creativity in Children

Author and artist Leigh Hobbs has been entertaining children for over twenty years with fabulous characters such as Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Mr Chicken. As the 2016/17 Australian Children's Laureate, he used that role to champion creative opportunities for children. But how do we, in our roles as parents, teachers, librarians foster creativity in children? And why is it important to nurture creativity at all? Hosted by Pamela Cook.

$18 - Please bring your own clipboard and a 2B pencil or black biro. Paper will be provided.


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Milton Theatre

CONVERSATION - Searching Out the Bundian Way

Naturalist, poet and seasoned bushwalker John Blay worked for over a decade to uncover the Bundian Way, a 380-kilometre ancient pathway from Mount Kosciuszko to the New South Wales far south coast, used by both the Aboriginal people of the area and the earliest British arrivals. John collaborated with the Eden Aboriginal Land Council to survey and researching the history of the ancient pathway. Thanks to their efforts, today the Bundian Way is heritage listed. But what is it about the Bundian Way that makes it less like a walk and more like a pilgrimage? Hosted by Inga Simpson.

$22

John Blay proudly sponsored by The Old Church Milton


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Anglican Church Hall

CONVERSATION - Becoming a Bestseller

Natasha Lester swapped a career in marketing to become a writer. Her first two novels were works of literary fiction but Lester found her passions lay in writing historical fiction. Since 2016, she has published a string of novels but it is The Paris Seamstress that rocketed Lester to international acclaim. She chats with Suzanne Leal about the journey, the surprises, the joys and the secrets to her success.

$22


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Milton Theatre

PRESENTATION - The Art of Forgetting

David Hunt is the author of the bestselling, award-winning, Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia and the sequel, True Girt. He writes regularly about Australia’s past for the national newspapers and talks about the same on radio and in his podcast Rum, Rebels and Ratbags. To top it off, he is also the presenter for Foxtel History Channel’s 2019 documentary series, Aussie Inventions That Changed the World. David is a firm believer that in order for Australia to understand who we are, we must embrace the good and bad in our history. He argues his case in a live version of his popular 2017 TedX talk, The Art of Forgetting. Hosted by Meredith Jaffè.

$22

David Hunt is proudly sponsored by The Old Church Milton


ENTERTAINMENT - Lunchtime with The Summits

Join us at the Village Green Rotunda over the lunch break where Ulladulla High School’s fabulous band The Summits will play their awesome repertoire.

FREE


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Milton Theatre

CONVERSATION - Accidental Feminists

Accidental Feminists is the story of a generation of women who unintentionally changed the world. Born in the 50s and 60s, they faced the future armed with the pill, free education and the chance to earn their own paycheque. But it's been a long row to hoe and there's still plenty of work to do to make this a better, fairer world. Join Jane Caro AM in conversation with Meredith Jaffe as they discuss Jane’s latest non-fiction book Accidental Feminists.

$24 + optional Duke+Co Picnic Hamper $24.50
Picnic Hamper includes (2 options available):
1. Mini baguette (chicken), marinated olives, prosciutto / salami, crackers, 100g dip crackers , cheese and brownie; or
2. Vegetarian & Gluten Free option - salad, marinated olives, 100g dip, crackers, cheese and brownie.

Jane Caro AM is proudly sponsored by The Old Church Milton


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Anglican Church Hall

PANEL - We're Not Getting Any Younger

They call it the Sandwich Generation. Adult children juggling children of their own, work and ageing parents. In her latest book, journalist Amal Awad reveals society’s discomfort with the stark realities of ageing, disease and death in a culture that celebrates eternal youth. As a GP, Joanna Nell knows only too well what ageing looks like. Drawing on personal experience, these two writers share insights into what we are facing as our parents age, as we age, and how to navigate that path with compassion and humour. Hosted by Pamela Cook.

$18


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Milton Theatre

CONVERSATION - Gravity is the Thing

The buzz surrounding Gravity is the Thing has been deafening. It’s the first novel for adults by acclaimed bestselling author Jaclyn Moriarty. But for fans of Moriarty’s work, it comes as no surprise. Since the publication of her first novel for young adults, Feeling Sorry For Celia, Jaclyn Moriarty has cemented her place in Australian literature with her funny and wise novels. She has won many awards here and overseas, including NSW Premier’s Literary Award. So why switch to writing for adults and what have been the joys and challenges of writing Gravity is the Thing? Hosted by Nicole Abadee.

$22


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Anglican Church Hall

PANEL - Unforgettable Settings

So often, we talk about landscape as character and how setting informs the story. Join Candice Fox, Robert Hollingworth and Karen Viggers as they discuss how place is central to their storytelling and is so much more than a mere location. Hosted by Inga Simpson.

$18

Candice Fox is proudly sponsored by Legacy Wills & Estates


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Milton Theatre

PANEL - The Power of Sound

David Hunts narration of Girt is one of Audible Australia's bestselling audio books of all time. Rolling Stone declared his Australian history podcast, Rum, Rebels & Ratbags, one of 2016’s hottest podcasts. Katherine Collette documented her path to publication in The First Time Podcast. Allison Tait is co-host, of the top-rating podcast So You Want To Be A Writer. Join them as they discuss why the publishing industry is no longer just about printing books and why we're turning to sound. Hosted by Pamela Cook.

$18


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Anglican Church Hall

PANEL - A Funny Thing Happened

Does humour sugar coat the truth or reveal the real story? The buzz is all about UpLit—books that make us feel good. But what truths does humour reveal and is it the best and right tool to make us take a long hard look at ourselves. Join Joanna Nell author of The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village and Katherine Collette author of The Helpline as they discuss why tickling our funny bone is the answer. Hosted by Suzanne Leal.

$18


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Milton Theatre

PANEL - Weaving History Through Stories

Female highwaywomen and the Estonian underground may not sound like they have much in common but each reveals a story of women tested by adversity. One when transported to Australia where she must forge a new life and a new identity. The other when Stalin’s brutal red army crushes everything in its path. Join Lauren Chater, author of the bestseller The Lace Weaver and Meg Keneally with her debut solo novel Fled, an epic adventure based on the extraordinary life of convict Mary Bryant, as they discuss the amazing woman at the centre of their stories. Hosted by Nicole Abadee.

$18


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
6:30 PM
Milton Theatre

FILM NIGHT - FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN

Film is a dynamic storytelling medium and Milton Theatre will be showcasing the work of two of Australia’s most talented female filmmaking teams. The evening begins with the multi award-winning short film Sherbert Rozencrantz, You're Beautiful including a discussion with writer and director, Natalie van den Dungen - Director and producer Nicole Coventry about the importance of short films in the filmmaker’s repertoire.

Following is a special feature film screening of Animals, adapted from the novel of the same name by Emma Jane Unsworth. A fierce and unapologetic celebration of female friendship, Animals (starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat) is an intimate, funny and bittersweet examination of the challenges of turning talent into action, and being a modern woman, with faults, longings and competing desires. Animals had its world premiere at Sundance 2019.

Afterwards, Animals director Sophie Hyde and producer Rebecca Summerton will be joined by screenwriter Christian White, writer of Creswick and Relic and author of the hugely successful debut crime fiction novel The Nowhere Child along with legendary producer Andrena Finlay (Razzle Dazzle, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) to delve into the process behind developing a screenplay. Hosted by Leonie Marsh.

Please note: This film is for mature audiences, it contains coarse language, sex scenes and drug use.

Film Ticket $24.50 + optional Duke+Co Picnic Hamper $24.50
Picnic Hamper includes (2 options available):
1. Mini baguette (chicken), marinated olives, prosciutto / salami, crackers, 100g dip crackers , cheese and brownie; or
2. Vegetarian & Gluten Free option - salad, marinated olives, 100g dip, crackers, cheese and brownie.

Sponsored by Women in Film & Television NSW. Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NSW is a chapter of WIFT Australia - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to achieving gender equality in the Australian screen industry through research, advocacy, education and support for female-identifying screen industry practitioners.


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE
7:00 PM TO LATE
Cupitt’s Winery

GALA DINNER - In Conversation with Maggie Beer AM

StoryFest 2019 closes with a gala dinner at Cupitt’s Winery. It features a very special woman who calls herself a cook but is known and loved Australia-wide for her passion for food; be it growing it, cooking it or talking about it. She is the author of ten cookbooks, in 2010 she was Senior Australian of the Year and in 2012 she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia. She’s even graced a postage stamp! Join us for what promises to be an amazing conversation with food icon, Maggie Beer AM. Hosted by Meredith Jaffe.

$120

Maggie Beer AM is proudly sponsored by Cupitt’s Winery.