Intimate stories told with big pictures.
Read To Me is a live visual storytelling event that provides a platform for cartoonists and other kinds of artists and creatives to share their stories and investigate performative aspects of their work. Read To Me showcases emerging artists, as well as established ones whose work has been internationally published and recognised.
The combination of live storytelling with the storytellers’ own art and images is immersive and captivating in a totally unique way, layered with pathos and humour that emerges in the mingling of voice and image. Think, “The Moth” with pictures.
Read To Me has been running bimonthly events at Knox Street Bar in Chippendale since the start of 2018. Read To Me also performed in the 2018 Ubud Writers Festival, and 2018 Jogjakarta Biennale, has been commissioned by City of Sydney, the Ashfield Library, Fairfield Community Centre, as well as other local spaces around Sydney. Independent events have also sprung up in Melbourne and Tasmania.
Read To Me is put together by some real fine folks.
Gabriel Clark is a producer and academic, he is the co-producer of Read To Me, Gabriel’s previous project Radio With Pictures won an award for Best Digital Initiative from the Community Broadcasting Association, was shortlisted for the Walkley Innovation grant and was broadcast on ABC iView and ABC Radio National and FBi Radio. He is one of the co-founders of the Graphic festival at the Sydney Opera House. He is also a lecturer at the School of Design, UTS.
Fionn McCabe is an artist, print maker, and cartoonist living in Sydney. He co-produces Read To Me and works with cartoonist Pat Grant on The Grot. He also teaches in the School of Design at University of Technology Sydney.
Lizzie Nagy is an artist, zine maker and educator living in Sydney NSW. Lizzie scouts for readers from across a variety of creative disciplines for Read To Me and helps with the running of the live events. Lizzie uses her background in studio art to maintain a diverse practice with an emphasis on screen printing and drawing on paper. In 2018 she led graphic novel workshops for The Stella Prize, STARTTS and Waverley Library.
Claudia Chinyere Akole (@claudinsky) is an exhibiting artist, freelance illustrator, designer, animator, and cartoonist based in Sydney, Australia (traditional lands of the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora Nation). She works as a graphic designer in TV broadcast, teaches comic-making workshops to high school students from migrant and refugee backgrounds through the NSW organization STARTTS, and creates illustrations and comics in her personal practice.
Zacha is our an audio guy. He makes FBi Radio’s fiction show Or It Didn’t Happen, and their show about quiet ideas that slip under the radar, Not What You Think. At FBi he’s worked on All the Best, Out of the Box, and FBi’s Book Club. As a freelance podcast maker, he made the 2 Quixotes podcast (Sydney Instituto Cervantes), and episodes of Pomegranate (Royal Australiasian College of Physicians) and Being Well (the Black Dog Institute). All are modestly awesome. He’s recorded live literary events across Sydney. A while ago he used to write and edit a lot of things, especially for Concrete Playground and the Sydney Latin American Film Festival
Lucie Towers Writer, Illustrator and Curator