Marvellous Birds

Marvellous Birds is a creative writing and storytelling project for Years 5 and 6 students that explored the feathered beauty of some truly incredible birds. Through carefully scaffolded creative writing activities, students investigated themes such as community, camaraderie, displacement, environmental change, migration and the challenges of new adventures – through the piercing eyes and under the all-seeing gaze of the magnificent, mysterious (and occasionally menacing!) birdlife of the world.

Over six months (two school terms), Story Factory led creative writing programs at four primary schools, where students were supported to author their own original creative story.

Selected writing from across the four schools has been collected into a professionally illustrated and published anthology, which is available to purchase at the Story Factory bookshop.

Marvellous Birds is supported by the BridgeLane Foundation, Sheargold Foundation and the Key Foundation.

I snorted, an incredible accomplishment for an eagle who had slanted nostrils.

– student writing

I terminated the call and spread my magnificent wings, stretching inside my New York penthouse. It wasn’t actually mine, I had smashed through the window, grabbed the owner with my massive talons and flung him out the window.

– student writing

The woman had very long jet black hair with some silver and white strands. She wasn’t old, just creative.

– Maple

Plumpton Public School

My life was pretty normal after the confrontation with the Russian Government, apart from the weekly heists on the bank and the everyday terrorising of pedestrians.

 – Minh

Blaxcell Street Public School

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It's #AustralianReadingHour celebrating #StoriesthatMatter. For us at Story Factory, our students stories matter so it's the perfect chance to reread #thecoconutchildren by Vivian Pham, who wrote this captivating tale as part of our Year of the Novella writing program.  We want to know what you're reading and getting you feeling inspired too?
Why is literacy so important? Yes, literacy lets you experience your favourite books and different worlds and perspectives, and yes - literacy allows you participate in the workforce, and share your own perspective, and opens all kinds of doors - but ultimately what literacy does is empower.  Literacy empowers individuals and improves their lives. It expands and extends their capabilities to choose the life they want for themselves.  The pandemic has been a powerful reminder of the critical importance of literacy, and the absolute imperative that all young people everywhere are empowered through literacy.  This #internationalliteracyday we'll be doing our bit to make writing fun, accessible and empowering for young people in Western Sydney, so they can experience the life-changing magic of telling their own stories.  Maybe take a moment today the think about how literacy has shaped your own life too.
Tune in at 10am this Wednesday 28 July to NSW Department of Education Facebook page to catch Story Factory's own Matt Roden share some Cyborg poultry poetry tips from our much-loved Robot Bird workshops.  This free online workshop is perfect for primary school students, years 3-6. See you there bird-lovers! 🐦🐔🦅 #education #creativeeducation #creativewriting
Student writing from Marvellous Birds is flapping into our bookstore and into your homes. Pre-order your copy today to get your hands on some truly marvellous stuff, like these excerpts below.  Dinky Winky was a crazy bird but pretty helpful. Sen is easy to see because of her shiny red and blue feathers, her eyes were bright red but not when she looks at someone because she always wears contact lenses. - Staaistah, Dawson Public School  I terminated the call and spread my magnificent wings, stretching inside my New York penthouse. It wasn’t actually mine, I had smashed through the window, grabbed the owner with my massive talons and flung him out the window. - Minh, Blaxcell Street Public School  The woman had very long jet black hair with some silver and white strands. She wasn’t old, just creative. – Maple, Plumpton Public School  ‘I AM SAVAGE BABY,’ he said with half an ice cream in his mouth. ‘You want to hear a dirty joke?’
‘NO I don’t.’ I shot back. ‘Okay, maybe just one, thank you.’
‘The dirty joke is that the man fell in the mud and for a clean joke, he washed himself. Ta da.’ - Huzifa, Punchbowl Public School  PREORDER TODAY: https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/book-shop/snkv4t0g2ocpr93uv9du0e4maqns4a-trtd5
We've got another very exciting new position available at Story Factory. We're looking for an Indigenous Storyteller to help us run creative writing programs with young people aged 7 to 17 in schools, community groups and at our centres.  The person we’re looking for has significant experience working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a deep understanding of how to support them to achieve the best outcomes; as well as a love of creative writing. Applicants be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.  Sound like you? Apply today!  https://www.storyfactory.org.au/work-with-us/