The Centre for Stories was founded in 2015 by Caroline and John Wood with the mission: To create a vibrant, inclusive arts and cultural organisation that uses storytelling to inspire cohesion and understanding through rich and diverse programs.
The Centre for Stories is a place where stories are told, shared, and kept. It’s also a place where the craft of storytelling is taught, and learned. We host live storytelling events, workshops and training sessions. We work in partnership with multiple organisations including the Perth International Arts Festival, the Western Australian Museum, and City of Perth, among many others, to create projects rich in storytelling.
Our team includes storytellers, writers, poets, sound and visual experts, book club leaders and administrators. Our aim is to tell good stories in the hope of strengthening connections between people and encouraging a more inclusive and informed community.
We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land the Centre for Stories is located on, the Whadjuk people. We respect their culture and the continuing contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.
What we do
The Centre’s live events include dinner conversations such as Food for Thought, literary readings, book clubs, monthly story telling, short story festivals, writing workshops and personalised mentoring. Key up to date with the Centre's activities by checking out our events page and subscribing to our mailing list (in the footer below).
Our collection of stories is continuing to grow online with several projects including The Indian Ocean and A Mile in My Shoes that gather stories from our region for local and international audiences. These collections include personal stories and interviews, journalistic dispatches and local voices often presented in audio format.
We have a reading room that is open to the public during select hours. This has books and journals that have been donated from a
number of people including Peter Dowding,
Suvendrini Perera, Les Harsant, Marney Hradksy and Will Yeoman. People are
welcome to come and read in the room.
Share your story
Pitch us your story! If you are a writer, storyteller or conversationalist we are always looking to host quality content. This might be an event in our building; a short written text; or a sound file. If you have an idea, please get in touch with an example of your previous work and how it might fit into our programming.
Storytelling is an art form that is practical, creative and relevant in both personal and
professional settings. At the Centre for Stories, we like to share our storytelling expertise with individuals and organisations looking to develop their skills in storytelling, communication and public speaking. Get in touch if you’re interested in having us host a workshop specific to your needs.
We provide a range of services and amenities to individuals, community groups, government agencies and the corporate sector. Our services are aimed at helping individuals and organisations to tell stories that engage, inform and influence.
- We offer training in the collection, composition and telling of stories for a variety of audiences, including students.
- We make short films and publish stories in print and online in written, audio and video formats.
- We provide professional development training for public servants. We run workshops to enable public service providers to gain a better understanding of the impact of their service on consumers. We also assist public servants to demonstrate the value of their work.
- We offer professional development training to teachers who engage students in storytelling. Workshops involve listening to live storytellers, storytelling training, writing and poetry workshops. We offer half, full day and longer specialist workshops.
- We work with not-for-profit organisations to tell the story of their organization and their work, as well as the stories of individuals with whom they interact.
- We work with corporates to tell authentic stories about their people and their corporate social responsibilities.
- We rent our venue at commercial rates for use by individuals and organisations.