Dog’s Tales and First Kisses

Tonight I’m going to tell a story. I’m nervous. I spend a ridiculous amount of my time making up stories and retelling old tales yet there’s always something a tiny bit unsettling about trying out a new story on an unfamiliar audience.

Dog’s Tales is a weekly event hosted by Melbourne writer Chris Flynn at the Dog’s Bar in Acland Street, St. Kilda. Every Tuesday night there’s a different line-up of story-tellers. Tonight Peter Bakowski and I will be the featured story-tellers followed by whoever is brave enough to put themselves forward for the open mike segment of the evening.

The story-tellers at the Dog’s Tales events are mostly of the very grown-up variety. My story is about being eight years old so perhaps you can understand why I’m not 100% confident it will work. It’s a story I’ve never told before, one that has been prickling my senses for several weeks. Actually, it’s a story that’s over forty years old. Even after all those decades of brooding on it, I’m not sure it actually has enough form or makes enough sense to be aired in public. But story-telling as versus simply doing a reading from a written piece made me feel that this story’s time has come. I’m going to do a tiny reading from India Dark and then I’m going to try and be brave, take a risk, take a punt and tell my old/new story. It’s about a boy, a girl, Luna Park and a first kiss. Enough said. If you want to hear more, come along tonight.

8.00 pm.
Dog’s Bar

54 Acland Street
Saint Kilda, Australia

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

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