• Lit Live: Sarah McNeill

Seeking Love

This month’s theme of Seeking Love brought together a wonderful selection of stories and music, with multi-talented actors and singers, Greg McNeill (who also played guitar) and Caitlin Beresford-Ord.

Greg sang Blue Stranger and When I First Met Your Mother, both written by Paul Kelly, and Caitlin sang Amy Shark’s Adore, which she had just learnt to perform at a gay wedding the previous Saturday.

All the songs were matched by stories on the theme of looking for love.

Caitlin read Go Fish by Tasmanian writer Danielle Wood, author of the novel Star Crossed written under her pseudonym Minne Darke, which has been picked up by Reece Witherspoon’s film company.

She also read an extract from the novel, The Hope Fault, by Tracy Farr, about the big, brash and bold Marti from the chapter titled 'Marti, Marti, life of the party'. The Hope Fault has been adapted for the stage by Lit Live regular, tutor, actor and director, Andrew Hale. His second year WAAPA acting students perform it this month.

Greg displayed his skill with accents when he read Irish writer Kevin Barry’s Coast of Lietrim about a tentative love affair between an Irishman and a Polish girl. He then took us to New York with comedy writer Simon Rich’s delicious long-form joke, A Guy Walks into a Bar.

Sarah read a beautiful, tender story of a widow and father who heals his grieving through music in the short story, What Love Tells Me by novelist and diplomat Nicholas Jose.

Together, the three of us shared extracts from letters to fathers in the recently published compilation, Dear Dad.

November is the last Lit Live of the year – but we’ll be back with more stories in 2020!