A Wonderful Turnout…

When Naima Brown from Duststar Productions started planning these events, she could not have hoped for a better turnout for the opening night with Melissa Doyle.

The evening started around 5pm, with guests arriving and heading to the bar and grazing table, organised by the lovely Rebecca and her team from Culinarius Catering & Fine Foods.

The wine and nibbles were locally sourced with the most delicious tasting box full of local farmers market treats on offer. Other treats included savoury tartlets, salted caramel slice and rice paper rolls.

The range of wines (including an organic red) from local winemaker Simall Wines were a total hit.

After everyone was settled in it was time to take seats. Mayor Mark Honey took to the stage to introduce Naima and Mel, who were humbled by his kind and knowledgable introductions.

Once Mel and Naima were seated it was time to get stuck into the interview. The entire discussion will be available to listen to on the Institute of Interesting Ideas Podcast – more details on this will be announced via our Facebook, Instagram or on our website so follow us and stay tuned. Mel discussed the Lindt Cafe Siege and how it took it’s toll on her as she had to do some of her most careful reporting, stuck between wanting to keep the public informed, but not wishing to give away anything about the rescue operation underway. Other topics included meeting Tom Cruise, the Beaconsfield Mine collapse, her time at Sunrise and moving on to Sunday Night. Other more personal details of Mel’s life, family and her hopes for the future were also touched upon.

Our audience was captivated and respectful, enjoying Mel’s warm and engaging presence on stage. We had some great questions from some of our audience members, who got to meet Mel’s daughter as she passed the microphone around.

The evening ended with a meet and greet with Mel and everyone who wanted to got a chance to chat with Mel and take some pictures, with smiles all round.

A big thank you to everyone who attended this event, we are still on a high from the brilliant response and feedback we received. A huge thank you to Melissa Doyle, for joining us on stage for our opening night and helping to make it such a memorable evening. Special thanks to Jackie at The Pavilion Kiama, Rebecca from Culinarius Catering and all our partners who are listed on our partners page.

Photographer credit goes to David Finlay.


We’re looking forward to our next event on 12th July at The Pavilion KiamaXANTHE MALLETT IN CONVERSATION WITH JAN FRAN: Why The World Needs Psychopaths, and why we’re all obsessed with True Crime…more. BOOK TICKETS VIA EVENTBRITE OR FACEBOOK