The Nib Presents: It’s a shame about Ray

Date: 13th Oct 2022 - 13th Oct 2022 Time: 6pm - 8:30pm Location:

Bondi Pavilion Theatre


It’s a shame about Ray is the debut book from writer, creative and culture critic Jonathan Seidler. Blackly funny and frequently devastating, this memoir traverses family, death, hope, love, survival and compassion. Seidler will discuss with Walkley-winning journalist Marc Fennell, his book, his father Ray, and the deep relationship we can develop with music throughout our lives.

Doors open at 6pm.  
Talk 6.30pm -7.30pm 
Book sales & signing 7.30pm-8pm

Bookings are essential as tickets are strictly limited.

The Nib Presents

The Nib Presents is Waverley Council’s exciting literary talks series. Inspired by Council’s $20,000 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, The Nib Presents highlights extraordinary authors, fascinating stories and fresh ideas. For more information about the Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award visit:

Jonathan Seidler

Jonathan Seidler is a writer, creative and culture critic. His work has been published frequently in The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Monocle and GQ. Jonathan co-founded long-running music website One A Day, launched two nationally syndicated fiction series for Broadsheet and recently commissioned, edited and published an Unyoked anthology of nature writing. As a creative director, Jonathan produced nationally recognised pro bono campaigns for Keep Sydney Open, One Wave and the Equality Campaign. He is a regular guest on ABC Radio National's Download This Show, discussing media, culture and technology. It’s a shame about Ray is Jonathan’s debut book.

Marc Fennell

Marc Fennell is a Walkley-winning journalist, interviewer, author and documentary maker. Marc has been honoured internationally by The Webby Awards and twice nominated for Europe’s prestigious Rose d’Or. He is a recipient of America’s coveted James Beard Foundation Award, an Asian Creative Academy National Award, and 5-time medallist at the New York Festivals TV and Radio Awards. The Times (UK) even declared him to be the “cheerful Aussie version of Louis Theroux”.