Literary Festival of Phillip Island

EVERYONE HAS A STORY - Literary Festival of Phillip Island
27th - 29th July 2018

A highlight at this year's Festival is the Inaugural Dedication of John Clarke, a former part-time resident of Phillip Island. Opening night will include a spoken word performance by powerhouse rapper Adam Briggs as well as a dedication to John, by international acclaimed scientist, 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.

This is a festival for anyone who loves a good story in any form - it could be a book, a film, spoken word, music or through visual art - we’ve made a conscious effort to capture all types of storytelling in this year’s program. 

Presenters include social commentator Jane Caro, Tammy Anderson from The Sapphires and esteemed lawyer and human rights advocate Julian Burnside AO QC. 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). 

The Festival will include 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 the owner of the Sun Theatre, will be doing a Q&A after the screening. It will also include a presentation by Ruby Rees' (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Picnic At Hanging Rock) who will speak about her debut feature film, set in Phillip Island. It will be one of the first films made in Australia to employ an entirely female identifying cast and crew. 

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 Wurrung 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 Aboriginal?


A highlight at this year's Festival is the Inaugural Dedication of John Clarke, a former part-time resident of Phillip Island. Opening night will include a spoken word performance by powerhouse rapper Adam Briggs as well as a dedication to John, by international acclaimed scientist, 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. Presenters include social commentator Jane Caro, Tammy Anderson from The Sapphires and esteemed lawyer and human rights advocate Julian Burnside AO QC. 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).

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27th Jul 2018 to 29th Jul 2018

The Island Story Gatherers
Artforms: Community Arts, Festival, Film, Literature, Multi Art-form, Music, Theatre, Drama, Spoken Word, Poetry
Booking info: Book online or buy ticket at Turn The Page Bookshop Opening night adult $55/ students $20 Saturday pass $50 / Sunday pass $45/ Weekend (sat+sun) pass $75 Film Screening: Voyage of The Southern Sun $12
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Date Venue Location More info
27th Jul 2018 Cowes Cultural Centre 89 - 97 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island  
28th Jul 2018 Cowes Cultural Centre 89 - 97 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island  
29th Jul 2018 Cowes Cultural Centre 89 - 97 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island