Kirsten Drysdale hails from a small farm in Mackay, Queensland. Her first job was selling bags of moo poo on the side of the Bruce Highway, and it was these early encounters with bullshit that drove her to study journalism at university, where she graduated with First Class Honours. She’s not telling you which university she went to because it’s not one of the impressive ones.
Her first real job was as a Writer/Multimedia Producer for ToadShow in Brisbane, a production company specialising in content for museums and exhibitions. Throughout this period, Kirsten was also juggling a sporting career, playing hockey for the Queensland Scorchers in the National Hockey League and working toward national representation. This dream would soon be over.
In 2009, she successfully applied for a position on Andrew Denton’s “Project Next” the ABC’s youth oriented recruitment drive that resulted in the alternative current affairs TV program Hungry Beast (2009 2011). Although originally hired as a researcher, Kirsten also wrote and presented stories and was one of the show’s four regular hosts.
Kirsten is currently a writer/presenter on ABC TV’s The Checkout and SBS TV’s The Feed, and host of Radio National’s consumer psychology podcast Talking Shop. Her written work has been published in Crikey, The Global Mail, The Vine, Elle (Australia and South Africa) and The Nairobi Star, and featured in the Best Australian Science Writing anthology (2013).
She occasionally performs at live events such as Story Club and A Rational Fear.