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at The Wheeler Centre

Show and Tell for Grown-ups

It was fun when you were seven, and it’s still fun now. Did you once steal an Osama bin Laden urinal sieve from a Pennsylvanian public toilet? Have you kept all your baby teeth in a jar in the attic? Do you have a cork from a bottle of wine drunk by Napoleon? It might be something weird, it might be something valuable, it might be something rare, it might be something personally significant. It might be a text message, a piece of furniture, a childhood toy or a mobile phone video.

The stuff we keep says something about ourselves, and Show and Tell for Grown-ups is a place to share these stories. Host Tony Wilson and his panellists of hoarders  – Alison Lester, Sofija Stefanovic and Rob Carlton – will each bring something amazing to display and discuss, before opening the floor for members of the audience to show and tell their own curiosities and keepsakes.

Bring your friends. Bring your family. Bring your taxidermy pelican collection.


Portrait of Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is an author of twelve books, as well as writing columns and features for the Age, Good Weekend and The Monthly. He was part of the Breakfasters on Triple R for six years, and is still a regular visitor to both Triple R and 774 ABC Melbourne.

Portrait of Alison Lester

Alison Lester

Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea, and first rode a horse as a baby in her father's arms. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.

Portrait of Rob Carlton

Rob Carlton

Rob Carlton, a Silver Logie winning actor, has been a professional actor since he was 14 years old. A recognised face in Australia for both comedy and drama, his credits span TV, film and theatre. Rob’s breakout role of Kerry Packer in the Paper Giants franchise saw him nominated for an Australian Academy Award as well as winning the Silver Logie for most outstanding performance in a drama.

Portrait of Sofija Stefanovic

Sofija Stefanovic

Sofija Stefanovic is a MothStorySLAM winner and a founding faculty member of The School of Life in Melbourne. She hosts This Alien Nation and the popular literary salon Women of Letters New York, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Elle and the Guardian. Her debut memoir Miss Ex-Yugoslavia (April 2018) is a sometimes funny sometimes dark story about being an immigrant kid during the Yugoslavian Wars.


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