Story Club hosts Zoe Norton Lodge and Ben Jenkins host three incredible children’s authors for a special ‘junior’ version of their much-loved live storytelling show. Join Deborah Abela (Final Storm), Jeremy Lachlan (Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds) and Rhiannon Williams (Ottilie Colter and the Withering World) as they weave spooky stories, thrilling tales and frightening fables live on stage. Come along … if you dare. Introduced by Nat Amoore. Recommended for ages eight and up.
Zoe Norton Lodge (Australian)
Zoe Norton Lodge has worked with the Chaser team on ABC TV shows including The Hamster Wheel, The Chaser’s Media Circus and The Chaser’s Election Desk, and she was a writer and presenter on The Checkout for six years. Zoe is co-creator of Story Club, and has written approximately 4 million short stories. Zoe’s writing is widely published in Australian anthologies, including Best Australian Stories. Her first book of short stories was Almost Sincerely. The first two titles in her new middle grade series Elizabella Meets Her Match, and Elizabella and the Great Tuckshop Takeover are out now.
Jeremy Lachlan (Australian)
Jeremy Lachlan was born and raised in Griffith, country NSW, but now calls Sydney home. His debut novel, Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds, was a 2019 Australian Book Industry Award winner, and he once took home $100 in a karaoke competition, of which he's equally proud. His second novel, Jane Doe and the Key of All Souls was released in January, 2020.
Ben Jenkins (Australian)
Ben Jenkins is a writer, TV producer and the co-creator of Story Club. His written work has appeared in places like The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and anthologies like The Best Australian Comedy Writing and People of Letters. On TV, he has written for The Chaser, The Checkout, Tonightly, The Feed and various other ABC and SBS ventures. He also has a Dungeon and Dragons podcast called Dragon Friends and a baby son not called that.
Rhiannon Williams (Australian)
Rhiannon Williams is a Sydney-based writer. She studied Creative Arts at university, has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, and once accidentally set fire to her hair on stage. Her Ampersand Prize-winning debut novel, Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt, was published in 2018 and was named a CBCA Notable Book, an Aurealis Awards finalist, and shortlisted for the Readings Children's Book Prize and the Speech Pathology Australia book awards. The third Ottilie volume Ottilie Colter and the Withering World is due out May 2020.
Deborah Abela (Australian)
Deb's adventures in Africa, where she was harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail twice, inspired her to write books about spies, soccer, WW2, pesky wolves and kids in flying machines who battle sea-monsters and evil harbour lords. Her love of words led to The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery and her crankiness about climate change led to Grimsdon, New City and Final Storm. She's won awards for her books, but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.
Nat Amoore (Australian)
Nat Amoore is the author of Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire with her second novel, The Power of Positive Pranking due June 2020. Nat is also a contributor to the short story collection Total Quack Up Again! Nat was a recipient of the CBCA Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program for 2018 and is a proud Role Model for Books In Homes. She also hosts the children’s literature podcast One More Page.