Counter Urban Questions Mt Gambier

Writers SA is bringing Counter Urban Questions to Mt Gambier right in time for Fringe and the team is coming too!

Our From the Heart edition will feature local writers and creatives commissioned to create a new piece of writing, poetry or song about what it means to live, love and create in the regions. Under the guidance of Alysha Herrmann, the selected group will deliver a morning of poetry, performance and maybe even music at The Mount Gambier Library in the form of a Fringe regional event, and bring these new stories to life on Boandik country.

There’s something for every audience member to hear, reflect on and enjoy.

Artist line-up includes Sarah Brokensha, Cameron Horsburgh, Tabitha Lean, Tessa Deak, Josh King, Zawa Rashidi and Alysha Herrmann.

This is a free event welcoming of all but you must register via the Fringe website to attend.

Sun, 24 Mar
Mount Gambier Public Library
Free Event (Tickets Needed)

Generously supported by the Fringe Fund 2024 and hosted by Mt Gambier Library.


Alysha Herrmann
Alysha Herrmann lives, loves, and creates from regional South Australia. She is an award winning independent creative producer, writer, performance-maker, and community organiser, and is the co-founder of Part of Things. Alysha writes about vulnerability, community, hope, grief, forgiveness and belonging. Her work spans creative non-fiction (memoir, essays), experimental digital writing, script writing (screen and theatre), other performance texts, short stories, long-form fiction, and poetry (written and spoken).

Alysha is currently in the early stages of a 20year collaborative fantasy-writing project in her home community (the Riverland region of SA) which was initiated through her 2021 Regional Arts Australia Fellowship.

Tabitha Lean
Tabitha, or as her ancestors know her, Budhin Mingaan, is a First Nations woman born and
raised on Kaurna yerta, now living and practising on Boandik country. Tabitha is a multi-
disciplinary artist who is a nationally and internationally published poet, writer, spoken
word and visual artist. Tabitha’s work explores the tension between the new and old worlds,
and the spaces in between. She believes that who we are and what we are comes from the
alchemy of our struggles, and all of her work, from her poetry to her pyrography and
weaving seeks to honour the old, while traversing the present to carve out a future that
holds within it both possibility and promise.

Josh King
Josh King is a writer and musician based in Berrin/ Mount Gambier, South Australia. He has participated in several projects with Writers SA and was a member of the 2023 Regional Scribes Program. He is one half of the electronic duo Sexy As Shit.

Sarah Brokensha
Sarah has performed with State Theatre Company of South Australia, Windmill Productions, Vitalstatistix, floogle, The Paper Boats and extensively with Patch Theatre. She is also a co-founder of theatre company Control Party (formally known as The Misery Children). Career highlights include tours to China and North America with Patch Theatre Company with a season in Nashville and in New York, off Broadway. Hands down one of the best experiences of her life.

Zawa Rashidi
Zawa is a writer, dance choreographer, and devoted mother to almost two-year-old Charlés. Originally from The Congo, Zawa’s creative work is inspired by life, the choices people make, and the situations we find ourselves in.

Tessa Deak
Tessa Deak is a Mount Gambier born and raised creator and disability advocate. She has been active in arts, youth, disability, and chronic illness spaces across multiple organisations. Storytelling has been a huge part of her professional and personal life; in arts and advocacy. After stepping back into the writing space with the ABC, and the Regional Scribes Program, she has found inspiration and passion in both visual and written art. She is currently exploring short form writing, poetry, and themes of place and personhood.

Cameron Horsburgh

Meet and greet

Writers SA are coming to Mount Gambier for the event and we’d love to connect with as many writers as we can while we’re there! Our team will be at the Mount Gambier Library Sunday March 24 in the morning from 11am to 1pm for an informal meet and greet. You can ask us questions about getting published, the industry, arts careers, grants, fellowships, Writers SA and more!

If you’d like to catch up with us, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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