Be Still My Beating Heart – Kaya Ortiz

Side Walks is an annual pop-up storytelling, ideas and literature festival held in venues across Perth and Northbridge.

Side Walks is an annual pop-up storytelling, ideas and literature festival run by Centre for Stories. In unique venues across Perth and Northbridge, Side Walks is a curated whirlwind of talks, performances and readings with a special emphasis on homegrown talent. Side Walks was made possible in 2021 with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Centre for Stories Founders Circle, Rayner Real Estate, and Aspen Corporate Financial Planning. Thanks also to our in-kind venue partners, Randal Humich, North Metropolitan TAFE, and St George’s Cathedral.

Kaya Ortiz is an emerging writer and poet from the southern islands of Mindanao and lutruwita/Tasmania. Her writing has appeared in Portside Review, Westerly, Tell Me Like You Mean It Vol 4, and After Australia, among others. Kaya currently lives in Boorloo/Perth. At Side Walks, Kaya shared her story at Be Still My Beating Heart, a live storytelling event featuring stories about love – but not the typical kind. Her story is about navigating her first love, and finding herself along the way.


Copyright © 2021 Kaya Ortiz.

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