Festival Program


Storytelling is the Best Medicine

Fri 6 Sep, 4pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Writer and GP Melanie Cheng’s work explores widely varied subjects, while heart surgeon Samer Nashef’s The Angina Monologues recalls real-life experiences mending actual broken hearts. The writers talk about how their medical practice informs their creative life.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner based in Melbourne. Her debut short story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. Room for a Stranger is her debut novel and second book.

Samer Nashef is a heart surgeon in Cambridge, England and is the author of The Angina Monologues, a book of real life stories in heart surgery, and The Naked Surgeon, which deals with risk in health care, a field in which he is a leading authority. He also compiles cryptic crosswords for national newspapers.

Thuy On is a freelance arts journalist and critic who has written for a range of publications including The Australian, The Saturday Paper, Fairfax, ArtsHub and Books+Publishing. For the last 7 years she's been The Big Issue's books editor.

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