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"Centre for Stories allowed me to meet fellow writers and creatives - some of which I now consider friends - to share my experiences with. I learnt that I am not alone on this writing journey and that my stories are valid and people do indeed care."
Centre for Stories is thrilled to announce the offical opening of Story Lounge, a new pop-up storytelling venue at 720 Hay Street Mall.
Chris Lin believes in writing as a force for activism. Stories and poetry have been his source of strength as he watches the conflict unfold in his home country of Burma.
"It was by talking to other fellows when I realised how important these spaces are to getting voices and stories that we wouldn’t usually hear, out there. I heard about some interesting projects that wouldn’t otherwise get airtime and I hope to see them out in the world one day."
Valued at $30,000, the PK International Writing Fellowship is open to writers living outside Australia. It is a residency based at the Centre for Stories in Perth, Western Australia. 
Featuring 16 Indonesian writers and translated from Bahasa Indonesia into English, the fifth issue is a celebration of Indonesian literature.
"Moving to Australia has inspired me a lot to continue writing. I’ve come to realise how much representation is still needed in Western culture, how much suffering and injustices continue to be unknown by the world, and also how hard it is for many Peruvians (or Latinx) to find a place where they can talk freely about their culture and struggles."
"Writing is one of my ways of giving back and passing on. I also hope I can encourage others to find their own voice and adventure."
"My husband described the Centre for Stories as a different kitchen, wherein using a bunch of unknown-before ingredients, I managed to develop a different spread. I too have felt a poignant and palpable shift in the flavour and texture of my poetry."
"I write because I like being creative. There’s something empowering about sharing your point of view with the world in a finished story. I feel most like myself when I’m writing, and while the government job pays the bills, it’s writing I enjoy most."
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