news from the island

Summer 2016 / 2017

It’s been a huge year for us here at the Story Island Project. This year, we ran a range of workshops across school and community settings around Hobart. We worked alongside more than 100 young people, giving them exciting opportunities to engage in creative writing projects that developed their skills and confidence. Thanks to all those who shared their fantastic stories! 


we're official

At the start of 2016, the Story Island Project was just us, Emily and Kate. But at year’s end, the Story Island Project is an incorporated association with a 12-member board. We’re thrilled to have such a skilled, passionate group of people working with us, who are committed to nurturing a generation of storytellers in Hobart’s northern suburbs!  


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Photos from the Story Island Project launch (clockwise from top left): Amelia Johnson reads her piece 'Underwater Photo Shoot'; Kate (left) and Emily (right) with Sydney Story Factory executive director Catherine Keenan (centre); James Lyons reads his piece 'Great Barrier Reef Encounter'.

Photos from the Story Island Project launch (clockwise from top left): Amelia Johnson reads her piece 'Underwater Photo Shoot'; Kate (left) and Emily (right) with Sydney Story Factory executive director Catherine Keenan (centre); James Lyons reads his piece 'Great Barrier Reef Encounter'.

we have liftoff!

The Story Island Project was officially launched on 24 November. A crowd of supporters joined us at the Moonah Arts Centre to hear inspiring speeches from Catherine Keenan (executive director, Sydney Story Factory and Australian of the Year Local Hero 2016) and playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. We were also treated to readings from three young writers who have taken part in Story Island workshops. It was a milestone event in the life of the Story Island Project, and we raised close to $4000 on the night for future projects. Thanks so much to those who came along, and to those who signed up to help us with our exciting plans for 2017 and beyond!


welcome, frances underwood

We are delighted to welcome Frances Underwood as Patron of The Story Island Project. Frances is well known for her commitment to educational initiatives, and we are very grateful for her interest in and support of Story Island.


write your own story: cosgrove high school

To cap off our 2016 workshops, we ran a series of storytelling workshops with Year 9 and 10 English students at Cosgrove High. Students shared their life stories with us by focusing on objects that have significance in their lives. They made simple, six-page origami books to present their stories, and the results were incredible!


Share your stories about the Brooker Highway!

At the moment, we're busily planning our major project for 2017: Stories of the Brooker Highway. This collaborative storytelling project will connect community members and celebrate the richness and diversity of a place that is often overlooked. To find out more about the project, and to share your stories of the Brooker, visit our website. And keep an eye out for our story-collecting sessions around the northern suburbs early in the New Year!


As 2016 draws to a close, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank each of you for supporting Story Island in 2016. We wish all of our supporters a safe and happy festive season and an amazing, story-filled 2017!