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The Storytellers

Explore the history of this fair city of ours at the Museum of Brisbane's free exhibition.
By Sarah Ward
July 27, 2020
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The Storytellers

Explore the history of this fair city of ours at the Museum of Brisbane's free exhibition.
By Sarah Ward
July 27, 2020
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Think you know everything there is to know about Brisbane? Think again. In a year that's seeing us all stay close to home — exploring our city rather than venturing too far — there's plenty more to learn, including at the Museum of Brisbane's new major exhibition: The Storytellers.

On display now — and free to enter — this sprawling showcase examines the city's history, myths and tales. But, it doesn't do so in a standard, straightforward way. Rather than just displaying historical objects and artworks, this interactive and immersive exhibition has enlisted nine Brissie storytellers to help spin both written and narrated accounts of Brisbane's past.

Doing the honours: Victoria Carless, Simon Cleary, Matthew Condon, Trent Dalton, Nick Earls, Benjamin Law, Hugh Lunn, Kate Morton and Ellen van Neerven, aka a lineup of names that'll be familiar to anyone who loves both Brisbane and words.

One huge highlight, other than tales about everything from Boggo Road Gaol to Kangaroo Point's link with kangaroos, is the showcase's distinctive storybook aesthetic. Keep an eye out for walking tours of the city, workshops on creative writing and other storytelling-focused events as well.

Expect this huge celebration of all things Brissie to stick around for a while, too — at least until the end of the year.

Toby Scott

The Storytellers is on display at the Museum of Brisbane — with free entry from 10am–5pm Saturday–Thursday and 10am–7pm on Fridays.

Images: Toby Scott.

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