Keynote Address: The Power of Story

In by Shelley Pisani

Stories humanise. Stories provide a voice to the voiceless. Stories are a means of bearing witness. Stories cross cultural boundaries and can empower the traumatised and excluded. Writing and telling our stories are a means of exploring self-understanding.

Keynote by Arnold Zable

Join acclaimed Australian writer, novelist and human rights advocate Arnold Zable for this compelling guest address on the humanising power of story. Arnold is the author of 7 award-winning books, numerous feature articles, columns, short stories, reviews and essays and is a recipient of the Voltaire Prize for human rights advocacy and the promotion of freedom of speech. In this powerful opening to WriteFest 2017 Arnold draws on his decades of storytelling and numerous writing projects with diverse groups including refugees, immigrants, bushfire survivors, the deaf, problem gamblers and the homeless. Arnold explores the ancient art of story, the meaning of authorship, and the responsibilities writers bear for the people whose stories they are recounting. In exploring the art of story, Arnold demonstrates how through telling our stories we honour both our uniqueness as individuals and our common humanity.

Panel: Write What You Dare Not Say

Stories can be tools for exploring uncomfortable subjects. They can lift the curtain on issues silenced or ignored and speak the unspeakable. Stories can unsettle, challenge, and prompt us to question our own values. Following Arnold Zable’s powerful address, a panel of expert storytellers, writers and thinkers examine the ways in which stories provoke, stir and enthral.

Panelists: Arnold Zable, Helena Pastor and Madonna Chesham. Moderated by Ross Peddlesden.

This session includes a morning tea break. Morning tea included in ticket price. Lunch be will after the panel session and ONLY  available to those who have pre-ordered online. 

To have your lunch delivered please pre-order & pay online.  ALOWISHUS delicious – lunch order

  • October 7, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Venue Phone: (07) 4150 7177

Venue Website:

University Drive (off Isis Highway), Bundaberg, Queensland, 4670, Australia

WriteFest takes place at CQUniversity's Bundaberg Campus, Building 5.