At Story City we want to empower local people to tell stories that will change another’s world view, to redefine stories so they’re something you’re a part of, rather than something you’re told.
These experienced writers and cultural producers answered our call to help us work with social impact organisations and projects to produce stories that create bridges of understanding in our communities.
Twice a year, with their help, Story City will open up to expressions of interest from projects looking to make a social impact using interactive stories that put you in the shoes of our neighbours, our ‘enemies’, our most vulnerable, or people who live on the edge of our awareness just waiting for their chance to be heard. You can find out more about this initiative here.
Many thanks to these wonderful mentors for believing in what we do and the impact we want to make on the world.
Making the world a better place is Sally Eberhardt’s over-arching mandate. Whether it’s through writing, connecting with people, volunteering, mentoring or organising events, as long as it satisfies her sense of justice and community spirit, Sally is happy.
An eclectic background of small business, agriculture, banking, market research and sales has provided Sally with a diverse array of skills. Add in a passion for photography and the power of words and you have creativity balanced with an analytical mind. This allows Sally to see the ‘Big Picture’ and then work out the steps, and people, needed to achieve the goal.
Tara George is a children’s author and writer. She has always been an avid reader who quickly discovered the power within a story to entertain, enlighten, educate and generate empathy. She is passionate about sharing this discovery and the tools to unlock it.
Tara has written two early-reader chapter books about geocaching, set in local National Parks. Her author appearances often include treasure hunts, QR codes and temporary geocaches. Recently she has been exploring the storytelling techniques used in mystery parties and escape rooms.
As a writer, Tara writes and edits material for on online courses for midwives and has written several pieces for the Australian Midwifery News. In this context, she uses storytelling to create scenarios for instruction and assessment. It appears that stories are infiltrating every area of her life.
Dimity’s locative fiction,The Chapel of Unlove was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards in 2016 in the Interactive Digital Narrative category.
A writer for the Story City Gold Coast project in 2015, Dimity Powell writes for children because she wants to be one again and because she loves filling every spare moment with words. She’s the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review and writes and reviews exclusively for children with over 30 published stories including Oswald (2021), Pippa (2019), critically acclaimed, The Fix-It Man (2018) and At The End of Holyrood Lane, winner of the 2019 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.
She is an experienced presenter at writing festivals and conferences both in Australia and overseas who loves eating cake with ice cream, sailing on the beam and writing in her diary although combining all three makes her nauseous. Dimity lives around the corner from Bat Man on the Gold Coast, although they rarely hang out. Such are the lives of authors and superheroes. www.dimitypowell.com
Michelle Worthington is an award-winning children’s author and international guest speaker on the importance of reading and the power of storytelling. A full-time fiction writer based in Brisbane, Michelle credits her three sons for giving her an endless source of inspiration, as well as her wrinkles.
Michelle is dedicated to encouraging a strong love of reading and writing in young children and enjoys working with charities that support the vision of empowering youth through education. As a mentor and editor, she has helped aspiring authors and illustrators find pathways to publication for children’s books and enjoys working as part of a team in projects that are purposeful, innovative and inspirational.