Our Soundtrails app – taking stories to the streets

Screen shot Uralla SoundtrailWe’ve got an app! Soundtrails links people, places and stories through GSP locative technology. Walk the street with your smartphone and hear stories and sounds, local voices and music, history and contemporary tales. Your community can join too! Explore the website and download the app at www.soundtrails.com.au.

Visit our story collections online

Photo wall Canterbury 2015Some communities we’ve visited have their stories compiled into online collections and galleries. Check these out:

www.canterburystories.org.au (Canterbury, Sydney )

www.urallastories.org (Uralla, NSW)

Bundaberg Regional Libraries collection (Bundaberg, Qld)

State Library of Qld oral history collection (Sunshine Coast, Qld)

“Children are never an accident in gay and lesbian queer families.”

Mark and Matthew

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Partners Matthew and Mark talk about creating their family and becoming parents.

Cafe stories

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Regional towns have the coolest cafes! Here’s stories, music and theatre from Uralla’s cafe culture in the 1980s. Just one of the many stories featuring in our upcoming Soundtrails app. The pic is the Uralla Arts team recording ‘The Accidental Poke”, a play that was performed back in the 80′s in one of Uralla’s wonderful cafes. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Check out our launch video

Exhibiting StoriesCombining gorgeous pics and app technology, here’s how we like to launch community stories.  [Read more...]

Coming soon – Stories from Sydney’s inner west

Watch this space for moving and personal stories from one of Australia’s most culturally diverse communities, Canterbury in inner-western Sydney. Coming soon.

New grants available for community inclusion

Australia Post is offering grants up to $25k for projects fostering community inclusion. Learn more [Read more...]

Taking stories to the street

The Uralla Sound walk app is coming!

The Uralla Sound walk app is coming!

We’re bringing community stories alive in the rural NSW town of Uralla with a new sound walk app. Learn more or help us raise project funds here.

Bundaberg launch – a reminder of how we connect through stories

Jude and Jess get together at the launch

We’re still buzzing from the launch of the Bundaberg Story Project stories collection at the Bundaberg Library last week. Fifty or sixty people turned up, including – we were overjoyed to see – almost everyone who had recorded with us when we spent a week in Bundy last year. (Check out all the launch pics here).

The launch was a warm, chatty celebration of people’s stories and experiences. People stood up and told the crowd about the story they had recorded, and they seemed proud and happy.

Kirsten couldn’t wait to share her story

Later on, after the formalities were over, people sought one another out saying, “I loved your story – tell me more”. The buzz in the room was audible as conversations continued and connections were made. It was music to our ears. This is what we love about The Story Project. At its core is the sharing of stories, and, through hearing one another’s stories, we connect. Amen.

Ross and Geoff found more stories to talk about

There were some lovely spinoffs from The Story Project up in Bundy. The Bundaberg Library, who had collaborated on our project, told us the momentum they gained from that helped kick start their own story recording venture, “Bundaberg Stories”, which they launched on the night. A few people sought out local ABC radio producers at the launch and told them about stories they’d like to see picked up (nice one). And we chatted with groups who were keen to bring us back to Bundy for another run of recording, which we would love.

Checking out the Library’s heritage pics for ‘Bundaberg Stories’

A warm and heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all who supported The Story Project in Bundaberg. Many thanks to the Regional Arts Development Fund, a Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture, for funding the project. Thank you to Bundaberg Regional Council for your support and for providing the recording venue last year. And thanks to ABC Wide Bay for promoting the project and for broadcasting some of the stories.

Bundaberg Regional Councillors Lynne Forgan and Judy Peters – Thanks for your support!

More thank yous! To the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery for letting us be artists in residence for a week (we will expect this kind of treatment everywhere we go from now on.) To Bundaberg Regional Libraries for making the stories so easily accessible online (click here) and for organising the launch. To Creative Regions for promoting us. And last but not least, special thanks to Bundaberg U3A and Nina Higgins, who partnered with us to make the project happen. We are grateful to you all, and we’re glad to have shared with you the experience of capturing and sharing some of Bundaberg’s diversity and history through stories.