Brunswick Picture House

30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Picture House Storytelling: Martin Killips reading “Dances with Hippos”

Garden from 9am | Kiosk from 9am | Doors at 9:45am | Show at 10am

Martin will be reading from a selection of his books including The Big Back Stalking Tiger, Dances with Hippos and Flower Power.

Martin Killips was born in Malaysia. For the first two years of his life he shared his cot with a Lar Gibbon, the smallest member of the gibbon family, and indigenous to Southeast Asia. The ape took an active role in Martin’s upbringing and would bottle­ feed and later spoon-feed him… although she would also take a fair portion for herself! Regardless, her constant attention guaranteed he grew up free of lice and fleas.

The family then moved to Germany and later to England where his father’s obsession with wildlife, particularly snakes and other reptiles, ensured Martin continued to share his life with exotic animals. This constant exposure to fauna inevitably led to a myriad of unique experiences — and some painful ones… he was once bitten by a Mississippi Alligator on Platform Three of Leicester railway station. A distinction unlikely to be repeated.

Martin now owns no snakes, gibbons and especially no alligators!

Other separately ticketed sessions on the Storytelling Day:

12:30pm TRISTAN BANCKS reading Tom Weekly: My Life & Other Failed Experiments.
With story writing workshop 8–12 yrs. TIX »

3pm ZANNI LOUISE reading Errol!, Archie and the Bear PLUS
Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Pet Called Nibbles.
With bookmaking workshop 5–10 yrs. TIX »

Single Adult Free | 2 Adults $10 | Child $8 | Group of 4 $24

Full Day | Single Adult Free | 2 Adults $20 | Child $16 | Group of 4 $36