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Our Purpose

To create a vibrant, inclusive arts and cultural organisation that uses storytelling to inspire cohesion and understanding through rich and diverse programs.

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Founded in 2015 by John and Caroline Wood, the Centre for Stories is a vibrant, inclusive literary arts and cultural organisation.

The Centre uses storytelling to grow skills and confidence, inspire understanding and promote community cohesion.

Our work is about more than words. We are led by and empower storytellers and writers whose experiences and perspectives may have been historically disempowered and disenfranchised. 

With a focus on cultural diversity, we create opportunities for storytellers and writers who are underrepresented in Western Australia’s creative sector. In sharing their stories with arts and community audiences, we drive social change.

Read our Reforming Literature: National Cultural Policy Submission to learn about our beliefs on the literature and publishing industry in Australia.

What we do

Our services are aimed at helping individuals and organisations tell stories that engage, inform, and influence. The Centre provides a variety of services and amenities to people, community groups, government agencies, and the corporate sector. These include:

  • Storytelling training and services
  • Writing Programs for emerging, mid-career and established writers
  • Producing writing and storytelling workshops, panel conversations and other events
  • Print, online, audio, and video-storytelling production services
  • Professional development training for teachers, writers, and oral storytellers
  • Mentoring for emerging practitioners

Past clients

We have worked with the Department of Health, Youth Link, North Metropolitan Adult Migrant Education Program, City of Wanneroo, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Curtin University, and others.

Annual Reports

Help us do more

We’re on a mission to create a diverse, inclusive, and cohesive society through the art of storytelling. Join us in supporting emerging artists and sharing powerful stories from across our community.

Support Us

Our team

  • Caroline Wood

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Caroline is a member of the Australia Council Board of Creative Australia and Encounter Theatre. In 2023, Caroline was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to literature as a publisher, and to the community through a range of roles. She is the co-founder of Margaret River Press and the Australian Short Story Festival, and has served on the boards of Amnesty International Australia, the Small Publishers Network, the Margaret River Augusta Tourism Association, and PEN Perth. Caroline’s areas of expertise include leadership, management, publishing, writing and literature, non-profit governance, fundraising and sponsorship, advocacy and social change.

  • Robert Wood

    Program Director – Writing and Publications

    Robert Wood is responsible for developing partnerships with artists and social change organisations; planning writing, publishing and mentoring programs and implementing best-practice models that improve wellbeing. His concepts include Backstories and Portside Review.

  • Sisonke Msimang

    Program Director – Oral Storytelling

    Sisonke Msimang is a renowned storyteller who has worked with The Moth, TED, Yale University, Bellagio Centre and Aspen Institute. Sisonke facilitates story training workshops, develops training resources, and establishes the direction of story performances.

  • Logan Griffiths

    Program Co-ordinator – Writing and Publications

    Logan Griffiths coordinates the signature writing program, Writing Change, Writing Inclusion. She also coordinates the quarterly digital journal Portside Review and oversees production of the Centre for Stories’ print publications.

  • Luisa Mitchell

    Program Co-ordinator – Oral Stories and Events

    Luisa Mitchell coordinates the oral storytelling program, including story collections, training and workshops, and managing Centre for Stories’ events and festivals. Luisa’s background is in writing, film and community arts.

  • Jasmyn Hutin

    Program Co-ordinator – Youth Storytelling

    Jasmyn Hutin coordinates the Word Up youth storytelling program, working with schools to empower young people to learn the skills and joy of storytelling. Jasmyn has taught in Norway, Kenya and France, and delivered specialist literacy programs to youth in custody.

  • Zhanna Needham

    Finance Officer

    Zhanna Needham has over fifteen years’ experience as an accountant and finance officer for large corporations, small business, and not-for-profit organisations. She is responsible for preparing budgets, financial reports, and processing payments.

  • Pranay Singh

    Marketing Officer

    Pranay Singh is the primary coordinator of Centre for Stories’ social media and marketing strategy.

Our Board

  • Jane den Hollander


    Professor Jane den Hollander AO was Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University from 2010 until 2019, and Interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia in 2020. In 2019 she received an Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education and was named in the Victorian Honour Roll for Women. Jane has done significant work to ensure equal opportunity for learners and working women as well as working to better enable the arts in regional communities.

  • Neil Fernandes

    Deputy Chair

    Neil Fernandes has held a number of senior positions in the vocational education and training sector over 30 years. He was the Managing Director of the former Central Institute of Technology between 2005 and 2016, and served as the Deputy Director-General (Training) in the Department of Education and Training.

  • Charlotte Solomon


    Charlotte Solomon is a human rights lawyer working in Elder rights, advocating for older people experiencing all forms of elder abuse to live with dignity and respect. Charlotte worked previously across a wide range of roles in Commonwealth and State government agencies.

  • Raj Thethy


    Raj Thethy is the Chief Financial Officer at Youth Focus. Raj has had over 23 years experience in the not-for-profit, public, and private education sectors. His responsibilities have covered financial accounting, strategic planning, market and competitor analysis, and business improvement and development.

  • Rachel Bin Salleh

    Board Member

    Rachel Bin Salleh is the Publisher of Magabala Books. She won the inaugural Literary Lions Medal from Writing WA in 2020. Based in Rubibi/Broome, Rachel is descended from the Nimunburr and Yawuru peoples of the Kimberley region, and has worked in publishing for over 20 years.

  • Julie Beeck

    Board Member

    Julie Beeck has enjoyed a fulfilling career delivering market research and marketing strategy over the last 30 years. Most recently Julie was Executive Director at Metrix Consulting for ten years, and prior to this was Australian Managing Director of global consulting firm Synovate (now Ipsos).

  • Randal Humich

    Board Member

    Randal Humich is a property investor and developer who runs a family office based in Fremantle. His work has led him to be a supporter of the arts and he believes that arts and culture are the key to reviving the City. Randal also provides advice and support to other non-profit organisations.

  • Simone Flavelle

    Board Member

    Simone Flavelle brings a wealth of experience in the theatre and screen industry, with over 30 years of involvement. As a co-founder of DADAA and Diversity Manager of Screenwest, she produced inspiring digital projects and worked closely with artists with disabilities.


Our partnerships are collaborations that fund us, work with us, share expertise, and support us in delivering our objectives. Thank you to each of our partners for their ongoing support and contribution.

If you’re interested in partnering with the Centre for Stories, please Get in touch.

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