Story Club is a themed, live storytelling night where exceptional people sit in a giant armchair and read true stories from a novelty-sized book. In this special Festival edition hosted by Ben Jenkins and Zoe Norton Lodge, hear guests Fiona O’Loughlin and Kate McClymont share their funniest stories, darkest moments and most shameful secrets.
Fiona O’Loughlin (Australian)
Fiona O'Loughlin is Australian comedy royalty with an award-winning career spanning almost 20 years. Fiona performs to packed houses across the globe, from headlining the world-renowned Improv Comedy Club in LA to repeat seasons in Hong Kong, and performing at Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the UK's Leicester Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. As well as a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Fiona is an accomplished author, having published Me of the Never Never in 2011 and Truths From an Unreliable Witness in 2020.
Kate McClymont (Australian)
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a seven-time winner of journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley for her coverage of the Bulldogs salary cap rorts. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the fraudulent activities of Michael Williamson, the head of the Health Services Union, and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. In 2017, she was inducted into the Media Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry. Her latest book, Dead Man Walking, tells the complete story of the lives and shoddy business deals of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich. It was Kate in whom millionaire businessman Michael McGurk confided that he feared for his life, just one week before he was fatally gunned down outside his Sydney home.
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.
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.