news from the island

Autumn 2018

Is it May already? 2018 seems to be rapidly rolling along! And we’ve been rolling along with it, popping up here and there with storytelling activities and fun. Have a read and see what we’ve been up to, and find out about some exciting workshops coming up in May–June!

 The glamorous Angelica Banks (Heather Rose and Danielle Wood) sharing stories at the Moonah Taste of the World festival in March.

The glamorous Angelica Banks (Heather Rose and Danielle Wood) sharing stories at the Moonah Taste of the World festival in March.


write out of this world!

We braved rainy conditions on Sunday 26 March for our storytelling stall at the 2018 Moonah Taste of the World Festival. And we’re so glad we did! The skies cleared and we had a fabulous day of storytelling and creativity with the young people of Moonah. Thanks to authors Lian Tanner , Emily Conolan, Louisa d’Arville and Angelica Banks (Heather Rose and Danielle Wood), who captivated children with their storytelling. And a huge thanks to the Glenorchy Community Fund for funding ‘Write out of this world’ – a creative storytelling booklet that we produced to give away to young people on the day.

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story island goes west...

We’re going west! In 2019 we’ll be working with The Unconformity and Mountain Heights School on 'Weather Station' – a program of creative storytelling and visual arts workshops for young people living on Tasmania’s west coast. We recently heard that this project received funding through Arts Tasmania’s new Youth Arts Program. We can’t wait to work with local young people and artists to explore the creative possibilities of the wild west coast weather!


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good stories at goodwood!

We’re crazy about objects! In the April school holidays, we teamed up with Goodwood Community Centre to run ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, a day-long workshop where we explored the hidden lives of objects through art and story. From an all-knowing crystal ball to a lost red shoe and from a dusty hardback to a tiny velvet dress, these objects sure had some stories to tell!


 A sneak preview of our Cabinet of Curiosities, being designed and made by Linda Fredheim.

A sneak preview of our Cabinet of Curiosities, being designed and made by Linda Fredheim.

free storytelling workshops in may/june: Cabinet of Curiosities!

We're running some more 'Cabinet of Curiosities' after-school workshops at West Moonah Community House in May/June. These free workshops, for kids of all abilities aged 6–11, will be held every Tuesday from 15 May to 19 June, 3.30pm to 5pm.

We're SUPER excited about these workshops, because we will be unveiling a new item of furniture that has been custom designed for us by Tasmanian furniture designer, Linda Fredheim ! Linda has been crafting a fabulous old-world steamer trunk, which we'll fill with all kinds of weird and wonderful objects that will spark imaginations in our storytelling workshops. We were able to obtain this piece and a few smaller pieces thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities grants scheme.

All will be revealed at our workshops at West Moonah Community House in May–June! Check out the details here and get in touch with West Moonah Community House (6273 2362; info@westmoonahcommunityhouse.com) if you’d like to book a place.