Projects

Here is a small sample of projects undertaken by the Centre.

This project follows on from our very successful mentoring program undertaken two years ago for early and emerging writers of African heritage. One of the writers in this program, Rafeif… View Stories

Bright Lights No City, was a project documenting the experiences of LGBTQIA youth growing up queer in regional WA. Five oral stories and four written stories, were thoughtfully crafted with the help of oral story trainer Sisonke Msimang, and accomplished writer, Susan Midalia. The recorded and transcribed stories were made available on our website. One of the participants of the project, Holden Shepphard credits winning the Griffith Review Novella Prize to his participation in the project. Funded by Catalyst

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Commuters to the City were asked to respond to prompts based on Italo Calvino’s novel If on a winter’s day a traveler — a book about books, belonging, journeys, love, war, death, ideas, nature, fiction, reading and writing. Stories collected from the public were edited into a larger piece of creative writing, much like threads in a tapestry, and this final text became a poster that was displayed in public space. Funded by City of Perth

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In ‘Ways of Being Here’, five writers of African heritage were mentored by established writers to produce work of a publishable standard. Margaret River Press in partnership with the Centre for Stories published an anthology of writings by writers in the program. Rafeif Ismail who participated in this program went on to win the Deborah Cass award and Yuot Alaak was shortlisted for the T.A.G. Hungerford award. Funded by Department of Culture and Arts (WA)

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The Centre undertook a story-collecting and training project focussed on the themes of Home and Belonging for the WA Museum. The project explored the fluidity of the idea of ‘home’ and in so doing, showcased the ways in which people of different backgrounds conceptualise home in ways that are unexpectedly different and surprisingly similar as a way of exploring contemporary Western Australian identity. The Centre trained seven storytellers who were then recorded and filmed their stories at the conclusion of the training. Funded by WA Museum

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Food, Faith and Love is a nine-piece video series that has captured the stories of an incredible and diverse group of West Australians surrounding three of the most basic human values. The work was commissioned by the Office of Multicultural Interests to celebrate Harmony Week. Funded by Office of Multicultural Interests

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In partnership with Perth Arts Festival and Empathy Museum, Centre for Stories created an extraordinary collection of stories that give us a glimpse into the lives of Western Australians from all walks of life. A Mile in My Shoes was an empathy shoe shop, where visitors were invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger – literally. The stories collected are now part of global travelling exhibition and has been turned into a podcast for broadcast on the BBC. Funded by Perth Arts Festival

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