Island Story Gatherers

Literary Festival of Phillip Island

Australia’s best storytellers to headline 2018 Phillip Island Literary Festival

A swag of Australia’s leading storytellers including powerhouse rapper Adam Briggs, international acclaimed scientist Tim Flannery, social commentator Jane Caro, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris and esteemed lawyer and human rights advocate Julian Burnside AO QC will be telling their own unique stories at this year’s Literary Festival of Phillip Island from 27-29 July 2018.

Highlights of this year’s program include:

  • Opening night (Friday 27 July) includes ‘In discussion with Briggs’, and dedication to former part-time resident of the Island, John Clarke, by Professor Tim Flannery. Prof. Flannery will deliver “The Good News for John's Birds" a reference to the birds of Phillip Island, whose habitat John was keen to protect.
  • Authors telling their stories include: Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz), Stella Prize shortlisted author Shokoofeh Azar (The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree), and Helen Brown (Bono).
  • Screening of Voyage of the Sun (Saturday 28 July)by Adventurer of the Year Michael Smith about his solo circumnavigation of the globe in an amphibious plane in 2015. Smith who is also owner of the Sun Theatre will be doing a Q&A after the screening.
  • Women By The Sea is Ruby Rees' (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Picnic At Hanging Rock) debut feature film. Set in Phillip Island, it will be one of the first films made in Australia to be employing an entirely female identifying cast and crew. Rees will talk about the trying to put women front and centre of film and TV industry – a chance to own the narrative.  
  • This year’s program includes a strong theme of encouraging Aboriginal Australians to tell their stories and to bring many untold histories into the light such as Aunty Fay Muir running an introduction to the Boon Warrung language; Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener the story of the first people to be hanged in Melbourne; and a panel discussion between well-known Aboriginal identities Tammy Anderson, Patrice Mahoney and Steve Parker titled: What colour is an Aborigine?

For tickets: Opening night adult $55/ students $20

Saturday pass $50 / Sunday pass $45/ Weekend (sat+sun) pass $75 / Voyage of the Southern Sunv screening $12


Event starts
Friday 27 July, 2018
Event Ends
Sunday 29 July, 2018
Venue Address

Victoria, Phillip Island

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