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Pitch a Classic Today

Imagine William Golding’s Lord of the Flies as an interactive choose-your-own adventure reboot. What will you and your marauding mob do next? 1) Choose some wacky new totems 2) Murder the most vulnerable among you 3) Set the whole island on fire.

At this lively event in April, we’re inviting a panel of writers and comedians, including Niki Aken, Laura Davis, Damon Young and Sami Shah to pitch classic works of literature to a 21st-century marketplace. A warning to purists: this might involve massive, modernising adjustments to plot, character, setting and form. Panellists will read their own literary upgrades, unveil cover art and social media marketing strategies and make the case for their retrofitted classics in today’s hyper-competitive environment.

Fan-fic fiends and all bookish types welcome. Prepare for a night of literary upgrade, embellishment and abomination. Hosted by Jennifer Wong.

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Portrait of Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong is a comedian and writer from Sydney. With her love of language and wordplay, she's written for Good News Week, presented Bookish on ABC iview, and performed at comedy and arts festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Edinburgh. Jennifer is a regular guest on ABC Sydney's Thank God It's Friday, and her latest show How to English Harder is on at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Portrait of Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Laura Davis is a stand-up comedian and television host known for her peculiar style – riding the line between charming and challenging. Recently winning awards for Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe and Best Independent Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Laura has been earning praise and acclaim for the last eight years, and toured the country with the industry's finest.

Portrait of Sami Shah

Sami Shah

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning comedian, writer, journalist and broadcaster.

Sami's comedy has won the Best Local Act at the 2013 Perth International Comedy Festival, and Best Comedy at 2016 Fringe World. He’s performed multiple sold-out runs at comedy festivals across Australia, as well as in London’s Soho Theatre. Sami has been a frequent guest on The Project, and also appeared on QI with Stephen Fry

Portrait of Damon Young

Damon Young

Damon Young is a prize-winning philosopher and writer. He is the author of ten books in English and translation, including The Art of ReadingHow to Think About ExercisePhilosophy in the Garden and Distraction. Young is also the author of several popular children’s books, including My Brother is a Beast and My Sister is a Superhero.

Portrait of Niki Aken

Niki Aken

Niki Aken is a multi-award winning screenwriter, script editor and researcher. Since her television debut in 2012 on Underbelly: Badness (for which she wrote the series finale – despite it being her first gig writing television – and won a Best Original Screenplay AWGIE), Niki has become one of Australia’s most in-demand young screenwriters. 


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