My name is Taku Mbudzi and I love to tell stories — give me a pen, a microphone or a camera and I’ll have something to say. I’m fired up about authentic voices telling their own stories and enjoy using humour to help young people speak up and out for themselves.

At the moment, I’m developing my first kids’ TV show, based on the fun kids I’ve met on my public speaking adventures. I have over 10 years’ experience working with schools and youth organisations like Halogen Foundation Australia, Youthworx, the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network, the Australia Day Council (WA) and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia.

In 2018, I started hosting The Moth StorySlams in Melbourne, based on New York’s live storytelling podcast, The Moth Radio Hour and I’ve also dabbled in a bit of stand-up comedy. When I’m not performing or writing, I produce my podcast Two Words with Taku, which won the Writing+Podcast prize in frankie magazine’s 2018 Good Stuff Awards. My winning radio play JoYOLO even scored me a book publishing deal!

JoYOLO book by Taku Mbudzi and Peo Michie

Illustration by Peo Michie

My Current Novel Word Count

I'm writing my first Young Adult novel and my goal was to reach 70,000 words by the end of September. Word count on 31 August 2020: 50,565 words. Word count on 30 September: 73,387 words (yay!) but the story isn't finished yet. My characters are doing their own thing and I want to follow where they go without forcing it all to an abrupt end. New goal: keep writing every day and finish the story by the end of October. Wish me luck!
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, book due June 2021.

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My 100th Podcast Episode

Two Words with Taku is dedicated to my love of writing and storytelling. Season 2 is the step-by-step story of how, against the odds, I’m making my first live action kids’ TV show in Australia.