Chances are if you're reading this, that you know me a little, and chances are you also know the passion I've always had for writing. It has dominated the great majority of my 22 years of life, and I would not have made it through many dark years without it-- from stapling together crayon drawings and pencil short stories at 4 years old, to (struggling with) writing a poetry book (that I swear I'll get out someday), or the novel I've been working on for five years. Reading has been a form of comfort, escapism, and of understanding, learning, and opening up to experiences beyond my own. Both reading and writing have always had a prevalent and intense force in my life.
I heard about Story Factory through Bankstown Poetry Slam. I've been attending poetry slams on and off for around 2 years now, and my love for them continues to grow, and I'm always so, so inspired especially by the youth who have had the courage and heart to stand there and share their stories. I've had the privilege reciting my own poem at a slam once, and it's a vulnerable experience that lots hone with such professionalism and grace.
I believe this should be an opportunity for every child; every child's voice, from every background, deserves to be heard, especially those that feel weighed down by society because of their culture, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, or otherwise.
The mission of this pretty sweet organisation, Story Factory, is simple:
"We want to see an Australia where all young people have the skills and confidence to tell their stories, and shape their future. " (Taken from "Our Impact" at pen2paper.org.au)
Money goes towards funds for Story Factory to run workshops for these kids to learn literacy skills and encourage them to write creatively. Let's raise our voices for the future generation, and help Story Factory reach out to the kids and give them a voice!
I'm gonna be writing six poems as part of the challenge Story Factory has organised as part of this fundraising event. Feel free to check it out!
Thank you for your time,
Update #1 24/05/19
Reached the $700 goal which is amazing! Thanks to everyone who donated, made it to over 800 in one day!
I have now stretched the goal to $1000, and to make things a little spicy, for those who donate $100, I'm gonna write a short poem for ya based off a prompt you choose. Huzzah!