A part of celebrating Indigenous stories is ensuring at an organisational level we are honouring the contribution of our First Nations students and staff.

Celebrating Indigenous Stories

We have committed to a reinvigorated and meaningful Reconciliation Action Plan to ensure Story Factory is a culturally strong and safe place, across all aspects of our organisation.

We have recently hired Story Factory’s first Aboriginal Engagement Manager to assist with this important work, and to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, families and communities.

Some of our fabulous Indigenous students’ writing has been brought wonderfully to life by our storyteller Russ, a proud Ngarrindjeri man.

Have a listen!

Wayne – The Devil and Me

 

Sky – T. Rex the Mountain Jumper

 

Brooklyn – My Story

STORY SNIPPETS

Dino Teleportation

One day at the edge of a world called the Dinosaur Life, there was a Dino named Baka. He was trying to teleport to the human world but the teleporter gun was accidentally switched to Alien World. Baka went to the cupboard where he keeps the teleporter gun and grabs the wrong one and goes to the Alien World instead.

He walks out of the teleporter made of diamond and sees a sticky hairy earth alien named Goleuo and starts talking to him.

Goleuo says, “If you stay here too long you’re going to turn into an alien. You need to go back.”

Baka agreed but Goleuo wanted to come with him. They go back through the teleporter and come out in the deep dark woods.

By Shaelari

Transmission 2

Hey viewers – so today something went wrong and it was almost a catastrophe! There were two options staring me in the eyes which were going past a volcano which could erupt at any moment or going through a dust storm which could send me off my path or lead me to death.

It was actually good research for my mission, though! Because I got to see what a volcano looks like in space and how it works. I have found out that there is no life here so far but so much hasn’t been explored so that it is unlivable on Mars.

It was really scary there for a while. First I had to climb a giant volcano that could erupt and send me flying at any moment. It was terrifying thinking that my life could end in a second and die from raging lava falling slowly down. The temperature changed and I could see the space station about one kilometre away and I have 5% oxygen.

By Maison

Transmission 3

Hello all my followers on Earth! A lot of you have been sending questions, asking what I eat on this mission. Well there are a lot of different foods I have to eat but my favourite one is mash potato and diced tomato. I mean it was ok but I think I prefer tuna and rice with cheese for the main course and for dessert chocolate with banana and peaches.

Food is obviously different for me back on Earth! I always think of the time when mum made chocolate with cupcakes that were warm.

By Kerryleigh

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Join us between 11am-3pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of December at Parramatta Female Factory Institutions Precinct (1 Fleet Street, North Parramatta) for a powerful exhibition titled Memory River.  Throughout this year, Story Factory and the custodians of the Female Factory Precinct have worked with Elders, Kaytetye, Anmatyerr and Eastern Arrernte cross-disciplinary artist Carmen Glynn-Braun, and young writers from local high schools to understand, express and reinterpret the stories of the Female Factory through creative writing and art.  As you wander through the grounds, you will discover recordings of stories by students as they responded to the pre- and post-colonial history of this contested site.  Memory River has been made possible thanks to the Balnaves Foundation.  📷 Cassandra Hannagan
Are you an experienced teacher looking for a new challenge? Do you love creative writing and ensuring all young people have opportunities to succeed?  We are currently recruiting for a Senior Program Manager.  The ideal candidate will be an exceptional, experienced workshop facilitator who can work independently to shape and improve our in- school programming.  They will have a passion for nurturing creativity and building skills in their peers, and in young people from diverse backgrounds. Candidates must be a qualified teacher with at least five years teaching experience, and experience managing people. They will be highly creative and adaptable, and love bringing out the best in their team.  The Senior Program Manager will be a key part of Story Factory’s senior management group, providing input into both day-to-day decision making and long-term strategy for the organisation.  Sound like you? Find out more and apply now via link in our bio.  📷 Jacquie Manning
We are running a very exciting multilingual public writing project and we want YOU to be a part of it!  In a Flash invites people to write flash fiction (very short stories - less than 100 words) in response to writing by emerging and established Australian authors.  Everyone who submits a story goes into the draw to win one of three $100 gift cards and a selection of writing will be published on our website!  All the prompts have been translated into Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin, and you can write in any of these languages or in English.  Follow the link in our bio to view the prompts and submit your writing.  Submissions are open until December 15, so get writing now, so you don’t miss out! We can’t wait to read and share your stories.  This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.