We don’t need to tell anyone reading this that stories form an integral part of being Australian. For tens of thousands of years stories have been told on this land, advising, entertaining, educating, preserving, honouring and more.

It was our great honour to make these two visits to Marang Gunya, to hear from the young people, meet some the Elders of the community, and hopefully help facilitate the telling of some of these stories. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us to what is indeed a Good House

– Charmaine Ledden-Lewis and James Roy

The Holiday Break Program is designed to provide regional young people (12–24 years old) with access to recreational and social activities that are responsive, free, and local, so their creativity, imagination, self-confidence, and self-efficacy is enhanced, as well as their physical, social, cognitive and emotional development skills.

Over the school holidays from Winter 2022 to Summer 2023 we are providing young and emerging writers in Orange and Broken Hill with creative writing workshops. This publication is the culmination of the workshops in Orange, 2022. 

The WestWords Writers on the Road are part of the Holiday Break program supported by the Office for Regional Youth in partnership with Create NSW.

Designing Futures is a youth initiative run by the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council.