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Projects

Here is a sample of projects undertaken by the Centre.

Side Walks is an annual pop-up storytelling, literature and ideas festival run by Centre for Stories. Side Walks 2021 has been made possible with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Centre for Stories’ Founders Circle, Aspen Corporate Financial Planning, and Rayner Real Estate.

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The Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers is a $10,000 fellowship open to mid-career writers engaged in issues of social justice, supported by Baden Offord, John Ryan, Christopher Macfarlane, and John and Caroline Wood.

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Funded by The Ian Potter Foundation, Australia Council and Centre for Stories Founders Circle, Writing Change, Writing Inclusion is a writing program offering support for early, emerging and established writers from CaLD and/or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

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Funded by the State Library of Western Australia, this collection of stories documents 15 experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Australia in early 2020.

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The Art and Science of Storytelling with Sisonke Msimang is a fully online, self-paced course that covers the basics of oral storytelling, funded by Lotterywest.

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Bayswater Café Residency is a writer-in-residence program funded by the City of Bayswater supporting two writers to undertake a writing residency at Drip Expresso.

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Funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Founders Circle, Portside Review is a journal from and for the Indian Ocean.

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Backstories is a multi-sited storytelling festival located in backyards across Perth and regional Western Australia, made possible in 2021 with funding from LotterywestDepartment of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, City of Mandurah, City of Bayswater, and the Centre for Stories Founders Circle.

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Produced for Act Belong Commit and funded by Healthway, Words to Live By is a collection of four videos exploring the ways older Western Australians stay mentally healthy.

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Untold Stories of Perth is a podcast series funded by the City of Perth exploring fascinating and lesser known histories of our city.

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Side Walks is an annual one-day sprawling adventure of literature and storytelling across Perth City and Northbridge, celebrating local stories, and activating spaces with arts and culture, made possible in 2020 with funding from City of Perth, Aspen Corporate Financial Planning, Rayner Real Estate, and Herbert Smith Freehills.

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Side Walks is an annual one-day sprawling adventure of literature and storytelling across Perth City and Northbridge, celebrating local stories, and activating spaces with arts and culture, made possible in 2019 with funding from City of Perth.

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In collaboration with Curtin University, Rule Breakers is a collection of inspiring stories from women taking up space in male-dominated fields.

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Forbidden Love was an oral storytelling project dedicated to love in all its forms. Funded by the Centre for Stories’ Founders Circle and Lotterywest.

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A writer-in-residence program funded by the City of Perth, supporting local writers to develop their craft and produce new work, and to make writers visible to the general public.

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Funded by Copyright Agency, DLGSCI, and our Founders Circle, Journal is an online column hosted on the Centre for Stories’ website.

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To Hold the Clouds is a collection of poetry, short fiction, and essays coming from a mentoring and hot desk project run by the Centre for Stories. These short stories and poems touch on themes of love, relationships, grief, movement, and hope.

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In partnership with the City of Armadale, the Centre for Stories has launched its first ever schools’ program. Aimed at students in years 7-12, this program uses storytelling to develop creativity and build confidence.

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Inclusion Matters was a fellowship and 12-month mentoring project at the Centre for Stories for emerging writers funded by the Copyright Agency and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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Backstories is a multi-sited storytelling festival located in backyards across Perth and regional Western Australia, made possible in 2020 with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Healthway.

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Funded by the State Library of Western Australia, 16 Days, 16 Stories was a courageous collection of stories presented in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence, recorded by the Centre for Stories as part of its contribution to the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

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Saga Sisterhood was a transformative performance project for women from communities who identify as South Asian that come from non-performer backgrounds but all have something to say about love, friendship, belonging, family and identity. Funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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A project with Convenors for Filipino Interests Perth to develop a collection of stories from the Filipino community.

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Lintas Laut focuses on an exchange of writers between Western Australia and Eastern Indonesia. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australia Indonesia Institute

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Wave after Wave is a collection of writing from the Indian Ocean. Emerging from a mentoring project run by the Centre for Stories, these short stories and poems touch on themes of belonging, heritage, loss, identity, and home.

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Bright Lights, No City documented the experiences of nine LGBTQIA+ youth that had grown up in regional Western Australia. These oral and written stories touched on love, desire, suffering, pain, and adolescence. Funded by Catalyst.

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Lunchtime Stories was a project that involved five international students sharing their experiences at Curtin. Funded by Curtin University’s Place Activation and School of Education.

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Voices for Change trained a group of advocates to share their personal stories of family and domestic violence. These stories sought to enlighten the general public about the uniqueness of each person’s journey and encouraged a rethinking of stereotypes, acting as a call to action. Funded by Ruah Community Services.

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Indian Ocean Mentoring Project is a program that involved ten writers of Indian Ocean heritage, resulting in an anthology titled Wave After Wave. Funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries.

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Alkimos Storytelling for Community Building recognised the value of storytelling in developing a community, and fostering a sense of place. In collaboration with the City of Wanneroo, Lendlease and LandCorp, the project included two phases: story collection and the development of a radio play. This project was jointly funded by Lendlease, LandCorp and the City of Wanneroo.

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“In Australia I will be…” is a series of stories collected in collaboration with the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at North Metropolitan TAFE.

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The Anatomy of Belonging trained seven locals to speak about ideas of home. The project collected stories that touched on daily life, responsibility, family, place, and community. Funded by the Western Australian Museum.

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If On A Winter’s Day A Traveller was a participatory project that collected stories from the public. These were edited into three posters about belonging, death, nature, fiction, and writing itself, and displayed in the city as part of the Winter Arts Festival. Funded by the City of Perth.

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Ways of Being Here was a mentoring program involving five writers of African heritage. The stories engaged with ideas of migration, identity, home, war, and the poetic. It resulted in an anthology by Margaret River Press and appearances at Perth Writers Week. Funded by the Department of Culture and the Arts (WA).

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Food, Faith and Love was a ten-part video series that celebrated our multicultural heritage. Participants spoke about relationships, cuisine, belief, religion, and rituals. Funded by the Office of Multicultural Interests.

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A Mile in My Shoes provided an insight into the lives of thirty extraordinary people through a performance involving walking and storytelling. Developed in partnership with the Empathy Museum and funded by Perth Festival.

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