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INAUGURAL SHOW: MARCH 4, 2020

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Theme: ‘what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’ 

Kelly Van Nelson

Pat Farmer

Peter Anthony

Stephanie Di Giacomo

Dr Vanessa Lee-Ahmat

Hannah Rodger

 

Nick Howard

Host: Karen Sander

The Storytellers

Kelly Van Nelson

Kelly Van Nelson is the #1 bestselling author of contemporary poetry collection, Graffiti Lane, who has had literary work featured in numerous international publications. She is the recipient of a First Edition Writing Fellowship, an AusMumpreneur ‘Big Idea – Changing the World’ Award winner for her impact using poetry in the youth community as an anti-bullying advocate, and a double gold Roar Success Award winner for Best Book and Most Powerful Influencer. She is also on the Executive Board of The Adecco Group, a Fortune 500 workforce solutions organisation, the mum of two, and in short, an insomniac juggler. You can find more of her work at kellyvannelson.com

Pat Farmer

Pat is a professional ultra-marathon runner. Inspired by the great Cliffy Young, Pat ran the Sydney to Melbourne Ultra when he was 18 years of age. Since then, Pat has accomplished some of the greatest feats on Earth, including running over 20,000km from the North Pole to the South Pole in 2011/12.

Pat has raised millions of dollars for causes during his 30-year running career including Lifeline, Cancer Council, The Red Cross, Diabetes Australia and the Nanhi Kali Foundation for the education of India’s girl child. Pat served eight years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament with three years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training. He has been awarded the high honour of the Order of Australia, AM for his contribution to ultra-marathon running, politics and charitable works. He was the winner of “Achiever of the Year in 2000 awarded by the Prime Minister, John Howard and the National Geographic’s Adventurer of the year in 2012. 

To learn more about the Pat’s extraordinary achievements go to patfarmer.com

Peter Anthony

Peter Anthony is a speaker, author and story coach. He has taught story telling in 12 countries over 20 years and believes the most successful people, like the most successful businesses, tell the most compelling stories. Peter takes his storytelling craft seriously and has completed a master’s in communication to learn how human psychology is hard wired to both tell and hear stories. Stories are the perfect blend of facts and emotional. Having worked in 12 countries, tens of industries and all nationalities, Peter is never surprised by how much stories are the universal language of business, friendships and relationships. Peter lives in Manly with his teenage daughter and enjoys hearing stories from the locals after a morning swim. 

Stephanie Di Giacomo

Stephanie Di Giacomo is an actor and writer whose debut solo show, a self-written one woman play, titled ‘NINETEEN, TWENTY-NINE’ premiered at Sydney Fringe in 2019. Her outstanding work was met with rave reviews and received festival recognition in nomination for the NIDA Emerging Artist Award. Stephanie’s second play and first short film are currently in development for production in 2020.

Hannah Rodger

Hannah Rodger is a recruiter, a sometimes blogger, a one-time viral poster on LinkedIn and founder of Sober Seekers Club, a quarterly networking group that empowers professional women to live an alcohol-free life they love.

A Manchester native, Hannah found home in Sydney 6 years ago, and constantly marvels at how she has managed to create the life of her dreams. Hannah uses her keen sense of wonder for human endeavour and all things in the natural world to live a life she’d be proud to pass on to her children.

Dr Vanessa Lee-Ahmat

Vanessa, from the Yupungathi and Meriam people, resides on the land of the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation. Dr Lee is a social epidemiologist, human rights advocate, educator, writer, poet and public health/ health sciences researcher. In 2005, Vanessa was awarded an Australian Government award for Outstanding Citizen in the Torres Strait for her work in public health to empower the community.  In her capacity as a social epidemiologist Vanessa has actively challenged government policy to provide services and to reduce suicides for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the sexuality and gender diverse populations.  As the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander director with Suicide Prevention Australia, she is engaged with other directors in suicide prevention for Australia. Vanessa has published her poetry across a number of different anthology’s including the Australian poetry journal. Vanessa’s overarching focus addresses the social issues of the burden of disease to strengthen the health and wellness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural identity.

Nick Howard – Musician for the Evening

Nick was signed to BMG Records in Australia in the 90’s, Arista Records in the United Kingdom, (through Simon Cowell of AMERICAN IDOL fame) and Ariola Records in Germany, as a solo performer and a singer/songwriter. He has worked in the capacity as producer developing young new talent and run an international music production company. ”Songs and the pursuit of creating a sound track to life’s journeys that we all go on, are my passion’’

Your Host and Founder of Story Room: Karen Sander

Karen Sander is an accomplished author, producer and storyteller. She has written for publications such as Life Begins At magazine and published her first book Ageing Fearlessly for Women in 2015.

She is a regular interviewer on community TV program Joy’s World, started her own community TV program Ageing Fearlessly and has her own podcast Ageing Fearlessly, recorded at Northern Beaches Radio. Karen has been a regular guest on commercial radio, including 3AW, 2UE, 2GB and Capital Radio.

Community is central to the Story Room ethos and Karen is passionate about creating spaces for communities to come together. 

 

Venue – Henry’s Rooftop Bar – 75 The Corso, Manly 2075

Doors open 6.15pm

Story Telling 7-9pm

Cost: $30

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