Story Club

Friday 31 May 2024, from 7:30pm
Ocean Beach SLSC, 176 The Esplanade, Umina

$20 + booking fee

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Story Club 2024: Friday 31 May 2024

Story Club

Pia Miranda, Benjamin Stevenson, Laura Jean McKayAdrienne Ferreira. Host: Zoe Norton Lodge and Ben Jenkins.

$20 + booking fee

Story Club takes brilliant Australians from all walks of life and makes them sit in a big comfy chair to tell a true, personal story around a theme. Think bed-time stories but with more oversharing and unmitigated mortification. In this second special Central Coast edition, Story Club will be hurtling through an often-funny, sometimes forlorn four-dimensional continuum with the theme: ‘If I could turn back time’. Stepping into the time machine are speakers Pia Miranda, Benjamin Stevenson, Laura Jean McKay and Adrienne Ferreira. Hosted by the fearless founders Zoe Norton Lodge and Ben Jenkins.

Friday 31 May
7:30pm – 9:30pm
(Doors at 7pm)
Seating is unallocated
Ocean Beach Surf Lifesaving Club
176 The Esplanade, Umina Beach NSW 2257
$20 + booking fee

Book Tickets



Zoe Norton Lodge

Zoe Norton Lodge is a writer and television producer. She has appeared on screens in various ABC TV shows including their consumer affairs show The Checkout. As well as authoring a (very silly) memoir Almost Sincerely, she created the middle grade series Elizabella with her illustrator sister Georgia Norton Lodge. The pair are working on a graphic novel inspired by the recent discovery of a humble museum which is in part dedicated to their family history. Zoe is the executive producer of ABC TV’s dedicated arts show Art Works.

Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins is a writer, comedian, podcaster and television presenter. He is a writer and presenter on ABC’s The Checkout. He is host and co-creator of the comedy nights-turned podcasts Story Club and Dragon Friends. He is also co-host of the hit podcast Free to a Good Home. He co-wrote the radio play Space Wizard for ABC RN and writes about politics and media for Fairfax.

Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe 2020) – winner of the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award, The Victorian Prize for Literature, the ABIA Small Publishers Adult Book of the Year and co-winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2021. Laura is also the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc., 2013). Her new collection is Gunflower (Scribe 2023).


Benjamin Stevenson

Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian and author. Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone, his third novel, was a huge bestseller and has so far been sold in twenty-seven territories around the world. It will soon be adapted into a major HBO TV series. It was shortlisted for the Dymocks Book of the Year 2022, ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2023 and BookPeople’s Fiction Book of the Year 2023, as well as being named as one of The Sunday Times’s best crime novels of 2022.

His new novel, Everyone On This Train Is A Suspect, was released in October.

Benjamin has sold out live shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival all the way to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has appeared on ABC TV, Channel 10 and The Comedy Channel.


Pia Miranda

Pia Miranda is one of Australia’s best loved and critically acclaimed actors. Since bursting onto the big screen in the lead role of Josie Alibrandi in the much loved film Looking for Alibrandi, Pia has become part of Australian film history. Her body of film work includes lead roles in Garage Days, Travelling Light, The Tender Hook and Goddess. 

Pia’s memoir, Finding My Bella Vita was released nationally in September 2023.

Adrienne Ferreira

Adrienne Ferreira

Adrienne Ferreira is an author, poet, and the founder of Bravewords Writing Studio. She is a creative writing teacher and mentor, and co-host of Bravewords Live, a night of true storytelling held on the last Sunday of the month at Lyons Den in Gosford. Her debut novel is Watercolours.

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