Hilary will discuss the importance of strong narratives in real and imagined courts. She will speak about the craft of shaping messy, complicated lives into convincing stories that become both powerful and persuasive. Using fascinating examples from her practice as a barrister and her television consultancy, Hilary will entertain and provoke.


Hilary Bonney is a barrister and a writer. She has written two true crime books, The Society Murders [Allen and Unwin] and The Double Life of Herman Rockefeller [Penguin]. Hilary first worked in television as story consultant when The Society Murders was adapted into an award winning movie. Since then she has been co-creator and associate producer for legal series Crownies and the Janet King season. Currently, Hilary is writer and story consultant for a forthcoming legal drama by Everycloud Productions called “Newtons Law” which will air on the ABC early next year. She has taught criminal law and advocacy at universities in Australia and the Pacific and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Her passion is story telling in courts, real and imagined.


7:00 PM @Lily Blacks | 12 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Entrance over 18 | The venue is wheelchair accessible.