Festival Program


Birds & Bees: Helen Jukes & William McInnes

Sat 1 Sep, 1pm
Animal Church at 524 Flinders

Memoirist and beekeeper Helen Jukes (A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings) is in conversation with bestselling author and amateur birdwatcher William McInnes (Hello Birdy, Worse Things Happen At Sea), each making a case for their beloved species. With Angela Savage.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Helen Jukes is a writer, writing tutor and beekeeper. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Caught by the River, BBC Wildlife, Resurgence, The Junket and LITRO. She tutors on the creative writing programme at Oxford University, and also works with the Bee Friendly Trust, a London-based charity that promotes our understanding of honeybees.

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the 2011 Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing and currently works as Director of Writers Victoria.  

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