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Leigh Sales at Montalto

‘What is it that makes a good story? What’s the heart of a good story? How do you find a good story? How do you have a conversation with somebody that reveals the interesting human connection between the two of you? I think they’re skills that are relevant to everyone, whether you’re hosting 7.30 or chatting to your neighbour over a fence’ – Leigh Sales.

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Leigh Sales is one of Australia’s most beloved journalists. A veteran anchor of the ABC’s flagship current affairs program 7.30, the new presenter of Australian Story, co-host of hugely popular podcast Chat 10 Looks 3 with Annabel Crabb, and a bestselling author, Sales has been recognised with three Walkley Awards over the course of a career that has seen her interview countless political leaders, innovators and artists.

In her new book, Storytellers: Questions, Answers and the Craft of Journalism, Sales turns her talents on her remarkable peers – including Waleed Aly, Richard Fidler, Niki Savva and Stan Grant – revealing candid insights into the craft of journalism and the power of storytelling.

Over an intimate dinner at award-winning winery Montalto, Sales was joined by her close friend Lisa Millar, co-host of ABC News Breakfast, as they shared insights from their careers in the media and offer a peek behind the curtain of this vital but often misunderstood profession.



This event was recorded on Friday 6 October 2023 at Montalto as part of Spring Fling.

Presented in partnership with Montalto.

The bookseller for this event was Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery.

Featured music is ‘Mirror’ by Simon Winkler.

Spring Fling was proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund. Special thanks to official bookseller Readings and accommodation partner The Sofitel.

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