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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Story Factory acknowledges the oldest living culture in the world.  We also extend our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their ongoing connection to land, sea and community.  Always was and always will be.  Artwork by Danielle Mate.
This week Story Factory Executive Director Cath Keenan is down in Canberra to celebrate 20 years of the Australian of the Year Local Hero Award. The Local Hero award celebrates people who lead by example and encourage others to be active in their own communities and become agents of positive change for a more diverse and inclusive Australia. You can read more about the awards and some of the other amazing previous receipts here: https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/20-years-local-hero
Become a part of our vibrant volunteer community in 2023!  We are on the lookout for creative writing tutors both online and in-person to help nurture and amplify the voices of young people across NSW.  If you are interested in getting involved, the first step is to join us for an information session where we’ll provide more details about the volunteer role and what’s involved.  The next information sessions are on:  Thursday 19th January 3.30pm – 4.30pm via zoom.
Friday 20th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm at the Story Factory Redfern Centre.
Tuesday 24th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm via zoom.  Find out more and book in via the link in our bio.  📷 Jim A. Barker
Story Factory will be closed from Wednesday 21 December until Monday 16th January. We will respond to all enquiries, and mail all book orders, on our return in the new year.  Massive thanks to everyone for your continued support. We wish you  a very safe and happy holiday!
Recently we have been running a very special multilingual writing project called In a Flash, inviting people of all ages to send us a very short story or poem in English, Mandarin, Arabic or Vietnamese. 
We’ve been getting such wonderful responses that we’ve decided to extend the deadline to next year to allow more time for people to submit their writing!  Here’s one of the many great submissions we have received:  Stranded upon the shore, battered, beat and sore.
A glimpse of hope starts to rise
River water taking human size  River-person helped the boat
To keep it balanced and to stay afloat
As the boat sailed away into morning light
The river person sunk back into the water that night  Submissions are now open until the 28th February!  Follow the link in our bio to find out more and enter now.  This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.