news from the island

Autumn 2017

Welcome to the first Story Island Project update for 2017! Read on to find out more about our major community storytelling project for 2017, some great writing and publishing opportunities for young people... and how YOU can be part of our plans to nurture a generation of storytellers, right here in Hobart. 

stories of the brooker highway

What do Pope John Paul II, the Queen and Rick Astley have in common? Well, along with countless Tasmanians, they've all travelled along the Brooker Highway! For our major community storytelling project for 2017, we're unearthing stories about the Brooker Highway, one of the busiest roads in Tasmania and an everyday presence in the lives of people living in the northern suburbs.

The Brooker Highway is usually overlooked as a community space, but we've spent the last three months recording stories from people who have lived and worked around the Highway; these stories reveal the area's rich, colourful history. (Read this ABC News story to get a taste of the stories we heard!)  Thanks so much to all who shared their stories with us, as well as our story-collecting session hosts: GASP!, Glenorchy LINC, Mona Market, Hobart Showground Market and the Moonah Taste of the World Festival. And a BIG thanks to Bunnings Warehouse Glenorchy, who donated some comfy outdoor chairs to help people relax as they shared their stories!

In Term 2, we'll be taking the stories we've collected into schools located along the Highway. We'll be working with students to help them develop creative responses to these stories. The project will culminate in an exhibition at the Moonah Arts Centre in August/September. Stay tuned!

Some images from our Stories of the Brooker Highway story-collection sessions

Some images from our Stories of the Brooker Highway story-collection sessions


get creative this school holidays!

On Thursday 20 April, we're running a FREE Stories of the Brooker Highway writing workshop at Moonah Arts Centre. In this fun, two-hour session, we'll dive into some true stories about the history of the Brooker Highway, and encourage participants to create their own imaginative Brooker Highway tales. The workshop is from 1pm–3pm, and is for young people of all abilities, aged 8–14. Places are limited... book now! And spread the word!


global story club

National Geographic Kids is a monthly magazine that contains fun, informative articles designed to get young people aged 6–14 excited about the world around them. Each month, we partner with NG Kids to give one young writer the opportunity to be published in the magazine's 'Global Story Club' page! Young people can send us their own 300-word story for submission to the magazine. We also run workshops in schools and community groups to help young people develop fun, creative stories for publication, drawing on the magazine's focus areas of nature, animals, geography, science and history. To learn more about this publishing opportunity, or to register your interest in hosting an NG Kids workshop, please get in touch!


be part of our story

As a new not-for-profit, we're on the lookout for corporate, business and philanthropic partners who share our vision to get young people excited about writing and give them the tools they need to be confident writers at school and beyond. If you or someone you know would like to get involved with Story Island in this way, please contact us! Have a safe and story-filled Easter break!