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Bedtime Stories: Lorelei Vashti, Romy Ash, George Megalogenis, Cate Kennedy and Laura Jean

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Life was better when you were a child. For one thing, people read you stories. You were put to sleep with Dr Seuss, Eric Carle and Enid Blyton. There were pictures. There was sweetness and wonder.

It can be like that again. At Bedtime Stories, a storytelling evening created by Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen, Australia’s best writers retell their books … as if for children.

Find out how Lorelei Vashti’s Dress, Memory, would have been written differently for tots. Hear Romy Ash’s soothing retelling of Floundering, or snuggle up with revealing macro-economic fables from George Megalogenis (Australia’s Second Chance). 

And lullabies? Singer-songwriter Laura Jean is here to help.

Featuring

Lorelei Vashti

Lorelei Vashti is the author of Dress Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses (2014) and How to Choose Your Baby’s Last Name (2016). Her writing has been included in Best Australian Comedy Writing (2016), Mothermorphosis (2015), and the Women of Letters book series. She co-curates the Wom... Read more

Romy Ash

Romy Ash is a Melbourne-based writer. Her first novel Floundering was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award. She is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. She has been anthologised in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.

Laura Jean Englert

Sydney songwriter Laura Jean is revered for the striking beauty of her music and the strength of her piercing, intimate lyrics. She has twice been shortlisted for the Aus- tralian Music Prize, and has recorded with Paul Kelly, The Drones, Rolling Blackouts and Grand Salvo. She has toured UK/Europe w... Read more

Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her first collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for t... Read more

George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Austral... Read more

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Level 2, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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