A Stereo Stories cameo stole the show at the launch of the 2015 Williamstown Literary Festival on Friday 24 April.
Writer Lucia Nardo and her father Salvatore Romita (on piano accordion) moved the audience to tears with Lucia’s story about the World War 2 song Lili Marlene.
“For some reason, this time around people were sobbing even when they were just chatting to Dad afterwards,” said Lucia. “After Lili Marlene, Dad went into an impromptu Advance Australia Fair in honour of Anzac Day. Then later, when people were mingling, Dad and Barb Hughes, one of the festival committee members, did a rendition of That’s Amore, plus another song. I’m going out to buy a shepherd’s crook!”
Loraine Callow, the festival’s program co-ordinator, said “I think we can say without reservation that Lucia and her fabulous Dad were very much the stars of the launch. Thanks you so much for sharing your own Stereo Story with us.”
The festival, to be held in mid-June, was officially launched by Tim Watts MP, a long-time supporter of the event.
Stereo Stories plays the Festival Hub (the Town Hall Ballroom in intimate mode) on Saturday evening 13 June. Early bird tickets now available for this 90 minute show. Stirring stories and songs, and bar open. The Williamstown Literary Festival program is jam-packed, with guests over the weekend including Helen Garner, Graeme Simsion, Anson Cameron, John Harms, Paddy O’Reilly, John Marsden, Andy Griffiths, and dozens more.