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Creating community connections through storytelling

The New England Writers’ Centre hosted its first ‘story starter’ community storytelling session in August, as part of the Stories Connect program.

Funded by CASP, the Stories Connect program encourages creative expression and  connections between newly-resettled Ezidi refugee families and the broader Armidale community, through the sharing and creation of stories, pictures and music.

As part of the program, during June, July and August local writers, illustrators and songwriters have been visiting Armidale primary schools that have Ezidi students, and conducting creative workshops that involve the Ezidi students and their classmates from the broader community, which has been largely successful.

The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) will also host a Stories Connect Exhibition in November, which will include a short documentary on the program as well as photographs, artwork, stories and poems created through during Stories Connect.

Stories Connect is the New England Writers’ Centre’s major project for 2019, run in partnership with Settlement Services International, Armidale Regional Council and Arts North West

To learn more about the Stories Connect program, visit