Short Stories: Stephanie King

Who or what currently inspires you? People who are doing really thoughtful things for others during the Melbourne lockdown. A lovely soul in our local area put together a folder of stunning photos she had captured of the leave all changing colour and the flowers in bloom. She gave it to her local residential care…

Lauren Smith

Survivor, integrative practitioner, nurturer. Western society promotes a sense of pride in being busy, in being relentlessly overwhelmed and overworked. Because if you’re not, you’re not trying hard enough, you’re lazy. For Lauren Smith, being up-against it, stressed to the eyeballs, was her sense of achievement. That was, until it brought her world crashing down….

Short stories: Hannah Porter

Who or what currently inspires you? The small act of love, strength, compassion and resilience that people quietly share every day. What has been your proudest moment so far? While it’s not a moment, I’m proud that I have learnt to see change as an opportunity, rather than being scary. What makes you the happiest?…

Storytellers is now also a podcast!

Hurray! Storytellers is also now a podcast! Available on all your favourite podcast apps, hear your favourite storytellers in action, plus some extra content for your listening pleasure. Five episodes are already available, with a new one also dropping every week. Listen now!

Short stories: Stephanie Jade

Who or what currently inspires you? I’ve been allowing inspiration to flow through me at the moment, rather than seeking it externally. However, I am inspired just by being in women’s spaces, with women gathered in sacred circle. What has been your proudest moment so far? Definitely birthing my son! The power, strength and incredible…

Amy Lunardi

Buyers advocate, going against instinct, first home owner angel. Stepping off the path you thought you should be on is a risk too great for some to take. For Amy Lunardi, turning her back on her higher education and a stable job to go back to the bottom of the ladder, on minimum wage, initially…

Short stories: Nick Retza

What currently inspires you? Being forever curious is what inspires me. A trait I am super grateful for. Wanting to learn and improve at everything all at once. What has been your proudest moment so far? I find it hard to single out a moment, but I am proud of my consistency, effort and discipline…

Dawn De Pew Hartog

Diversity leader, firefighter, thriving in chaos. It takes a special type of person to be a first responder. To witness tragedy, death, injury and unspeakable horror through everything from fires and floods, to accidents and acts of terror. But like many high-stakes vocations, those who choose to take on that responsibility are those who not…

Short stories: Lauren D’Aran

Who or what currently inspires you? Graceful rollerblading baes.Movies from other eras – especially 70s & 80s. What has been your proudest moment so far? Smashing a rainbow piñata in half and exploding candy everywhere. What makes you the happiest? Dinner parties with close friends.The opening titles of a new movie at the cinema.The smell…

Leanne Hunter

Teacher, spa maven, mother. This was a bit of a special interview for me, because this is my mum, Leanne. Now this might seem like a little bit of nepotism, and my sister will most definitely call me a suck up, but my mum is one of the people in my life who has inspired…