Now in its 10th year, Story Club is a themed live storytelling night where exceptional people sit in a giant armchair and read true stories out of a novelty-sized book. In a special Festival edition of Story Club, hear guests share their funniest stories, darkest moments and their shameful secrets on the theme of ‘Let Us Never Speak of this Again’.

Presented with Giant Dwarf.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Debra Oswald (Australian)

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Debra Oswald is creator of the TV series Offspring, and a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Her stage plays include Gary’s House, Mr Bailey’s Minder and Stories in the Dark. Her television credits include Police Rescue, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Debra has written three Aussie Bite books and six children's novels. Her first adult novel was Useful and her new novel is The Whole Bright Year.

Mark Sutton (Australian)

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Dr Mark Sutton is a writer, performer and crossword maker from Sydney. His recent credits include The Checkout, Screen Time and The Chasers Election Desk.

Susie Youssef (Australian)

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Susie Youssef is a comedian, actor, writer and improviser. Susie is a regular cast member on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia and guest stars in ABC comedy series, Rosehaven, Get Krackin, and No Activity on Stan.

Anne Aly (Australian)

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Anne Aly was elected as the Labor Federal Member for Cowan in 2016, making her the first Muslim woman to be elected to federal parliament. Anne’s background is as a Professor, Academic and Practitioner in the fields of counter terrorism and counter radicalisation. She has published more than 50 articles and texts on terrorism and related issues and is the author and editor of five books. Prior to becoming an academic she worked in government policy. Anne’s contributions to national and international security have been recognised internationally. In 2015 she was the only Australian civil society representative to be invited to speak at President Obama’s White House Summit. Anne has also been an expert adviser to the United Nations Security Council and has participated in experts’ meetings. In 2011, Anne was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was named one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Women by Westpac/Financial Review. In 2016 Anne was nominated for the Australian of the Year and received the prestigious Australian Security Medal.

Alex Lee (Australian)

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Alex Lee is a writer, actor, television presenter and comedian. She’s worked at ABC News24, Buzzfeed, The Roast, and is currently appearing on The Checkout. She also plays a half-orc barbarian in a Dungeons and Dragons Podcast.