By Riley, Stage 5

Written as part of Art Write Light 2021

Art Write Light 2021 is a  creative writing project curated by Story Factory, in collaboration with visual artist Blak Douglas. During the program, students from Bonnyrigg High School and St Clair High School were introduced to the work of Blak Douglas, and created written and audio pieces responding to his artwork. The audio you’re about to listen to features a young writer from the program reading an extract from their work.




I look out the window of my empty home to see the other people and homes in town. I feel like I’ve made it – and without the help of my parents. My confidence continues for a few weeks continuing on with my work waiting for the day my life takes off.

I continue my work trying to make a living but my work isn’t selling. It’s becoming a struggle to pay for bills and to keep myself afloat. I knew I would need help from someone at some point but I didn’t think it would be so soon. I didn’t even know anyone because I had only moved in a few months ago. I knew there were only two people who I could ask for help. 

My parents are the only ones who could help me. No matter how much I held off, I knew it had to happen. I needed money. I didn’t want my dream to end so soon but I knew it was only a matter of time.


Much is Rife, Blak Douglas, 2021

Art Write Light is generously supported by the Balnaves Foundation.

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