16 August 2021

Meet the young writers of Toolkits: Digital Storytelling 2021

We are so excited to begin our Toolkits: Digital Storytelling program with 8 talented young writers from across Australia. During this 12-week intensive, these poets will join writer, editor and digital artist Rory Green, to explore the forms, skills, and ethics of creating stories for the web and beyond.

Rory will lead the program’s fortnightly online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship during the alternating weeks, and support these young writers with individualised feedback.

For more information on our Toolkits and Toolkits: Live program (which you can participate in right now!) visit our website.

But for now, say hello to the Digital Storytelling class of 2021!

Isidora Pandilovska

Isidora Pandilovska is a bilingual artist passionate about creative writing, directing and all things film and theatre. A notable achievement for Isidora has been co-writing a play called “Track and Field” with the mentorship of NIDA’s head of screenwriting Dr Stephen Sewell. Isidora’s work focuses on the complexities of growing up, gender and global issues as well as the funny and good things in life.

Alicia Salvanos

Alicia Salvanos is a writer and musician living on Kaurna land. Their stories are featured on blog ‘Unraveling’, and their spoken word pieces have previously appeared in collaborative exhibitions at Featherstone Sound Space and FELTspace arts organisation respectively. Alicia is a current student in a Bachelor of Arts/Science double degree at The University of Adelaide, majoring in Sonic Arts and Geology/Palaeontology. They intend to use their background in performing arts with their acquired knowledge of Earth systems to create raw works that comment on life’s subtleties and each individual’s unique journey towards finding their place in the world.

Tasha Gacutan

Tasha/Aries (they/them) is a writer, reader, gamer, gender enthusiast, and ace icon (self-identified). Their work has appeared in places such as #EnbyLife, More Than Melanin and Farrago. Recently they have decided that they’re sick of word processing software and are just going to write everything on the Sticky Notes desktop app as was always intended. Right now they’re playing Rain World – if anybody has any spoiler-free tips, they would appreciate a DM. They write, read and game on the unceded land of the Woiwurrung people of the Kulin nation, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

Sophie Cochrane

Sophie Cochrane hails from Albury, in regional NSW. She currently resides in Melbourne, VIC, where she has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at Monash University. Sophie Cochrane’s practice is intuitive, drawing on a lineage of collage. She is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in interrogating representation of gender and bodies in art and culture. Her work contributes to an ongoing discourse of shifting power dynamics by employing the uncanny. Cochrane creates film, sculpture, collage, and writings that seek to disarm, repulse, and entice.

Toobs Farooqui

Toobs is a writer, creative, and activist. They just finished their undergraduate in creative writing from UTS and are living, learning, and working on Gadigal land.

Robbie Wardhaugh

Robbie Wardhaugh is a genderqueer artist, writer and performer living on unceded Gadigal land. They are passionate about work centered around queer joy and love to be involved in making which celebrate the experience of Australian queerness. They have been involved in a range of different queer theatre productions including for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and for the Sydney University Dramatic Society.

Jo Rosochodski

Anna Roscoe is an Australian living in Asia. She has a degree in creative writing. In her writing, she often uses supernatural elements to explore feelings and memories. Her work has appeared in Going Down Swinging.

Sarah Walliss

Sarah is an emerging writer and is currently studying a Master of Writing and Publishing at RMIT. She has a passion for literature and languages and her first short story is being published this year with the Bowen Street Press.