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Storytellers go heywire with ABC

Back Sophie Simmons, Katherine Mortimer, Erika Salmon and Thomas Gorton; front, Georgia Snowdon, Prue McDonald Kassandra Long, and Tess Neilson and teacher Louise RowleyA group of storytellers from Dungog High School have been awarded the 2011 ABC Heywire Excellence in Storytelling award for NSW.
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The ABC judges found the diversity, originality and quality of entries from the school outstanding.

Some of the stories were submitted as text while some were submitted as audio, but project coordinator Louise Rowley said they were all heartfelt and authentic.

“I think some of these stories were brave and that’s what made them good,” she said.

“It’s because they were true.”

Students wrote about a wide range of topics.

Erika Salmon and Sophie Simmons wrote about the death of a friend and how it affected them, Thomas Gorton wrote about his relationship with his 70 year old father and Kassadra Long wrote about being diagnosed with an auto immune disease.

Tess Neilson wrote about her little sister having cerebral palsy, Tess Neilson wrote about her sausage dog Dinky and Katherine Mortimer wrote about going to Italy and how it felt to experience a different culture.

Prue McDonald’s Story about learning to drive is being turned into a short film to be screened at the Dungog Film Festival with a grant from the NSW Mining Council and Hunter Arts.

The piece is called un-car-ordinated and involves the school’s drama department.

“I started up the Heywire because I was looking for ideas to make a film,” Ms Rowley said.

“This way we got our best writers giving us the stories for our film.”

Students involved in the Heywire program had several writing workshops with two ABC employees, one of them, Jonathan Atkins, an ex-student at Dungog High School himself.

“He was really excited to come back,” Ms Rowley said.

“He was just blown away by the quality of work at the school.”

Anyone interested in reading the stories from Dungog High Students can visit www.abc南京夜网.au/heywire.

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