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Story Room Aus. Newcastle JUNE 2022

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Event description

An Overview 

The ancient art of storytelling comes to life on the stage when our storytellers from different walks of life share a true and deeply personal story. 

The theme for Tuesday 21st June 2022 is "When Life Gives You Lemons"

About the night 

Story Room Aus in Newcastle is currently being held periodically. The venue, The Wickham Park Hotel Islington, Newcastle. This iconic Newcastle Pub is well known as a popular entertainment hub. The warm and friendly environment, where you can mingle with friends, make new friends, relax with a drink,  enjoy a meal, and be entertained by the eclectic and talented storytellers. This event connects the community through the sharing of real stories. Enjoy drama, laughter, and sometimes tears and have a chance to be a part of something different here in Newcastle.

Please Note:  Arrive early around 5.30 pm allowing time for you to order a meal and have a drink before the entertainment commences at 7 pm sharp. 

About the venue- The Wickham Park Hotel 

All you need to know about the Wickam is on the website 

I can't think of a better place for Story Room Aus to call home. After all, sitting around after dinner and a drink is synonymous with storytelling, It's a perfect fit.

The Food

Check out the menu. You certainly won't starve to death while you listen to some great stories.  

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How to get The Wicko

Best to check out your options. See map > 

NB: If you going to have a few drinks, be sure to nominate a designated driver or grab a taxi or an uber. Safe travels.


Meet The Storytellers 

Jo Hilder

Jo Hilder is a writer, artist, an experienced speaker, self-diagnosed Karen, author of four self-published books, and most recently the author of Small and Pure - A Cautionary Tale, released in June 2016 by Rhiza Press. She is also a cancer survivor, mother of four, grandmother of three, and lives with Bipolar Disorder

Deepa Alphabet

Deepa Alphabet was born and bred in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, of Indian descent, but had not set foot on Indian soil till 2019, therefore a coconut! Brown on the outside, white on the inside. A pretend Malaysian Indian who only speaks and reads English. Not Australian, but English. Completed school in Malaysia and graduated from the University of Newcastle as an overseas student with a Bachelor of Commerce, major in Accounting. Embarked then on an illustrious career spanning almost 25 years in Accounting and Finance which took me to places like Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Maldives, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and Finland. Little did I know I would one day settle down in Newcastle, Australia with my husband of Tunisian origins, and our 2, now grown-up sons, lately realising a passion, flair, and calling for Life Coaching and Business Leadership Coaching.

Richard Pianka

A Taxi Driver and World Traveller. I hit the road when I was 25, landing in Australia in 1976. I spent four years as an illegal immigrant; Amnesty 1980; and then real-world travel began and the stories overflowed. 

I spent "The Sixties" as a civil rights and anti-war activist. I was also very active in the anti-draft movement but was unsuccessful in that effort and was drafted into the US Army on graduation from university in Boston. In 1972 I changed my life direction by beginning a life on the road. Many interesting adventures later I'm ready to tell stories. I've been based in Australia for almost 46 years now, most of the time legally.  

Ben Randell

Ben Randall is an Australian activist, author, and acclaimed documentary filmmaker. Following the abductions of his friends from Vietnam in 2011, Ben founded 'The Human, Earth Project' to raise awareness of the global human trafficking crisis and related women's rights issues. His work has been seen and heard by millions of people around the world. Ben's writing was shortlisted for Hachette's 2021 Richell Prize, his multi-award-winning documentary 'Sisters for Sale' is now screening on Discovery Channel in many countries, and in May 2022 he held the first-ever solo exhibition at Lighthouse Arts on Newcastle's iconic Nobbys headland. 

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Jacqui Wright

I am a passionate believer in the power of stories to connect, inform, heal and empower individuals, groups, communities, and nations. My first novel, Red Dirt Talking, won the 2010 TAG Hungerford Award and was long-listed for the 2013 Miles Franklin and Dobbie Literary Awards. More of my work can be found at

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