Wild Readings: a public reading series for the storyteller in everyone

Our first Wild Readings was a success. Tables were full at Mu’ooz Restaurant in Brisbane’s West End and writers were ready to read. In order of appearance:

Lisa Southgate, who works on plays, memoir, and fantasy read from her short memoir Boothville, about five birth in a single mother’s hostel. Boothville was published in the US in a creative nonfiction anthology Oh, Baby! edited by Lee Gutkind and Alice Bradley.

Kevin Smith has worked in theatre, drama, and education for over 25 years. He is an award-winning author and read from his story Pit Bull, published in Southerly.

Marissa Ker is a writer, actor and published poet. She recently returned from two years in France where she was studying theatre. She loves rainbow lorikeets and read from one of her recent poems.

Stuart Hirth sees himself as more of a photographic/imagery artist. That’s not to say that he doesn’t write. Just not very often. Since leaving a career of electronics and computers behind in 2005,  Stuart has dabbled in the arts including short and feature films, TV commercials, and theatre, but these days he supports the arts with his camera.

David Rasborsek writes mainly short fiction, mostly horror and fantasy. He has a published Zombie story and read from Messenger, a noir fantasy novella set in a world ruled by devils.

Katrina Irawati Graham is an Indonesian-Australian who longed to be a writer so she quit her job as a kindergarten teacher and wrote and directed a short film. This was nominated for Best New Female Filmmaker in Queensland, so she wrote another one. Katrina is now an award-winning film maker who read from her work in progress: Raesita Grey, an Indonesian Ghost Story.

Abdul Ibrahimi is a poet, writer, philosopher, artist and man of many talents. To pay the bills he works with refugee children at Milpera State School in Brisbane.

The Wild Readings Brisbane team — Nerissa, Simon, Lisa, Abdul and Kirsten — would like to thank Saba at Mu’ooz Restaurant for hosting our events, Stuart Hirth for the professional photos, and Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba, for providing the microphone and speakers.

Feature photo of Katrina Irawati Graham.