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Show and Tell for Grown-ups


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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.


Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is an author of more than 20 books for all ages and several genres. His picture books Hickory Dickory Dash and The Cow Tripped Over the Moon were bestseller and both were selected as National Simultaneous Storytime titles. His most recent book for adults is 1989: The Great Grand Fin... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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-Yugo... Read more


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