Australians from all walks of life come together on one big night to revel in the obstacles they have surmounted and the failures that have propelled them to the top of their game.
The reigning queen of rice-paper rolls, Nahji Chu, tried her hand at acting, fashion design and journalism before founding the MissChu chain of restaurants. Sarah Blasko is an ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter whose albums of heartbreak and melancholy found huge success. Paralympian Sam Bramham competed in a number of sports and won gold medals in swimming, famously convincing US media that his leg had been ‘chomped off by a kangaroo.’
Join these speakers, plus Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen, former independent MP Rob Oakeshott and historian/Stella-winning author Clare Wright, plus Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, for an evening of tales guaranteed to amuse, thrill … and convince you that an epic fail is not necessarily the end of the story. For these inspirational Australians, spectacular failure has proven to be little more than a bump in the road to genuine greatness. Go fail!
Sam Bramham entered Paralympic competition with a splash when he broke the 100m butterfly world record at the 2004 Athens Paralympic, his first games, at the age of 16. Since then he has travelled the world winning golds, breaking records and experiencing life at events such as the 2006 Melboune Commonwealth Games, 2007 South African World Championship and 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Nga Chu, known to everyone as Nahji or Miss Chu and to those who get in her way, as ‘The Queen of Rice Paper Rolls’ is the founder and creative director of misschu.
Sarah Blasko is a songwriter, musician and producer.
Tim Wilson was appointed Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner in February 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was a public policy analyst and a policy director at the world’s oldest free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs.
Rob Oakeshott was the Independent member for Lyne in the House of Representatives from 2008-13. Prior to that, he had been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, elected in 1996 as the National Party candidate. He left the party to become an Independent in 2002 and retained the seat until 2008. The Independent Member from Lyne : A Memoir (Allen & Unwin) is his first book.
Erik Jensen is a writer and editor, formerly with the Sydney Morning Herald. He has won the Walkley’s Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nation’s Media Peace Award.
Clare Wright is a historian who has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. She is the 2014 winner of the Stella Prize. (rodneyvc)