In hindsight, it probably wasn’t too clever to plan a holiday in Brisbane less than two months from my trip to the UK, but it turned out to be exactly the break I needed. My partner and I flew down and caught up with friends and family, did some shopping and, most importantly, went to see My Favourite Murder performed live at The Tivoli. Grab a cuppa, I’m going to be rambling for a while here…
Georgia and Karen from My Favourite Murder were absolutely brilliant and totally charming. I was lucky enough to score VIP meet and greet tickets which had us in the second row (you better believe I was counting down until that pre-sale started). The Tivoli was the perfect venue for My Favourite Murder, with the awesome art deco, vintage vibe. The girls started the show by talking about how they flew to Australia first class and had brought Steven with them. The crowd (and my partner) absolutely loved him! I’m really hoping they eventually post this show (and all the other Aussie shows) although the first Sydney show has gone live wherever you listen to podcasts.
Karen’s murder was the chilling Katherine Knight. Funnily enough, a colleague of mine and I had been discussing her at work before I went on holiday because the Australian True Crime podcast discussed her as part of their feature on women’s prisons. Katherine’s murder was very disturbing, but as usual Karen and Georgia managed to make everyone laugh and it was strangely enjoyable (seriously, you’re going to think I’m super weird unless you’re also a murderino).
Georgia’s case was more sombre, that of Sian Kingi a teen who was abducted and murdered on the Sunshine Coast. Some people criticised this choice online, but I think regular listeners would understand why Georgia picked it, considering the girls have discussed at length how being approached by a couple or by a woman is less threatening than a man. There weren’t that many laughs in this case, but Georgia did a really good job of telling the story and honouring Sian.
The hometown murder they chose was absolutely brilliant. A girl called Camille spoke about a murder and infighting within the Queensland Cat Protection Society. Apart from it being a really cool case, it turns out the man convicted of the crime was the first to be found guilty solely on DNA evidence. I’ve since found out there’s a book on this I will for sure be tracking down.
I cannot speak highly enough of The Tivoli/My Favourite Murder staff and the meet and greet process. We all just stayed seated and each row was taken to queue and talk to Georgia and Karen. They had the girls set up in the perfect position for good photo lighting and Vince (Georgia’s husband) was taking the pics, which was sweet. I was so incredibly nervous, I just rambled at them. I mentioned a family member of mine worked on the Mosman Granny Killer case (which they would find fascinating and was actually the hometown in the Sydney live show that’s been posted) and my hometown murder which was Leonard John Fraser, which is an incredibly sad but fascinating case. They were so lovely, giving me and my partner hugs each and taking the time to talk to us. Afterwards, we also spoke to Steven. It was an absolutely brilliant night out.
Luckily, my timing in Brisbane was perfect to see Rosie Waterland live at The Sit Down Comedy Club in Paddington. Her second book has just been released and although I hadn’t read it before the show, I absolutely adored The Anti-Cool Girl and have been loving re-visiting it through her podcast My Mum Says My Memoir is a Lie.
Unsurprisingly, Rosie was absolutely hilarious even though her show was partly about her suicide attempt last year. Rosie always speaks about the stuff no-one else will and I really admire her for that ability to not only bring up these taboo topics, but to make them so incredibly funny and relatable. I went to the 9.15pm show, the second for the night, so the crowd was a little looser and there were lots of belly laughs.
The best thing though, was that the girl sitting across from me happened to be wearing a hoodie which had been part of the exclusive merch at the My Favourite Murder show. So, of course, we started chatting. And when I mentioned MFM to Rosie, she excitedly told me she was going to see them at the Opera House! What a wonderfully small world. Stay sexy, Queen Rosie!
For the second half of my holiday, my partner was at home and I was exploring Brisbane with Caitlin (my Better Words co-host). Being the musical theatre nerds we are, we couldn’t miss the chance to see Kinky Boots. We’d been told Lola (played by Callum Francis) was phenomenal and indeed he was. I was in awe of his ability to walk in those shoes! It was such a brilliant, bright and uplifting musical and the perfect remedy to the whole marriage vote debacle in Australia. Basically, just be who you want to be and accept people for who they are. It’s really not that hard.
We did a massive tour of Brisbane’s book shops and each bought 13 books. That’s a total of 26 books we had to find space for in our luggage (alongside the ones we had been reading during our trip). We talk a bit more about it in our podcast episode, but we visited Dymocks in the city, Folio Books, Archives Fine Books, Where the Wild Things Are, Avid Reader and Bent Books. We spent hours in all of them and could have spent days, to be honest. All were absolutely wonderful and if you’re in Brisbane, you have to check them out.
We finished our trip by seeing Ariana Grande with our the final part of our bookish trio, Indy. It was a brilliant night out, filled with lots of dancing as we had inadvertently purchased standing tickets. I was probably the least enthusiastic fangirl in our trio, but I loved seeing Ariana perform. Because that’s exactly what it was: a performance. Amazing singing, thrilling dances and wonderful lighting to top it all off. Apart from the fact I felt really sick at the end of the night, it was superb.
If I haven’t already bored you senseless, you can hear Caitlin and I discussing the trip in our latest episode of Better Words. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocketcasts and hopefully a couple of other Android apps. I’ve also created a separate travel/personal Instagram account which has some more Brisbane pics and will be filled with images from my UK journey next month! Find me at @the_unfinishedjourney.