A message from our Chairperson
The past few years have shown us the power of story. Stories used well are empathy machines, the best way to understand another human life. But we know too that a different type of story can be used by the powerful to incite fear and violence.
The best way to combat those stories, the ones that flatten and reduce our humanity, isn’t to turn our back on story — we can’t, humans are story-making machines! Instead, we must endeavour to tell more stories, different stories, deeper, more expansive stories.
Luckily, we have some world-class storytellers at this year’s festival.