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Storyology is Australia’s premier festival of media and storytelling. Register and see the full site at walkleys.com/storyology15/. Bookmark the mobile site at storyology15.sched.org/mobile. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #Storyology.

Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Wesley Enoch

Sydney Festival
Artistic director
Wesley Enoch has been artistic director of the Queensland Theatre Company since 2010, where he has directed Black Diggers (co-production with Sydney Festival), Design For LivingTrollopMother Courage and Her ChildrenManaging CarmenHead Full of LoveElizabethBombshellsFountains BeyondThe Sunshine ClubBlacked UpRadiance (co-production with Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts). His written works include The 7 Stages of Grieving (co-written with Deborah Mailman), Little White DressA Life of Grace and PietyBlack MedeaThe Sunshine ClubGrace and The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table. In earlier roles Wesley has been artistic director for Centenary of Canberra, and Kungkarangkalpa: the Seven Sisters Songline; trustee at Sydney Opera House 2006-2013; associate artistic director, and director of My Skin My Life, for the opening ceremony of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006.
Wesley’s work has been won many accolades, including the Patrick White Award for The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table; Helpmann Award for Best Play and Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work for The Sapphires; Helpmann Award for Best Presentation For Children for Riverland; Deadly Award for Best Direction for The Sunshine Club; Matilda Award for Best Direction for The Sunshine Club; and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Award for contribution to theatre.

Tell us a bit about you. How did you get to where you are today? What led you to become a storyteller?

When I was young I had a few options…people wanted me to be a Doctor or Teacher or Lawyer and it wasn’t till my Aboriginal grandmother said to me that there are many ways to 
heal, teach or practice the lore that I realised that being a storyteller allowed me to be all three.

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

The citizen scientists who are mapping the visible universe at home with their home computers.

The time/place I’m most creative is …

I think there are only 3 or 4 creative hours in a day. 

Unfortunately you have no control over when they happen.

A kind of innovation that excites me is … 

The ordinary thing no one thought of that makes life easier — wheels on suitcases … genius.

Other storytellers I admire are …

Tim Winton, Andrew Bovell, Laura Tingle, Virginia Trioli


I would advise my 15-year-old self … 

To shut up and stop being so bossy.

The Storyology session I’m looking forward to is … 

Mine.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, November 13
 

15:30