Spinning a series of good yarns

Regular contributor Monique Delanoue, of Eumundi, submitted her light-painting photograph. Photo: Supplied


IF you thought only professional writers, film-makers and photographers could tell a great story that audiences across the country would see, think again.
Local ABC Open producer Jo Joyce has been collecting videos, photography and written works from ordinary people across the Sunshine Coast and hinterland for the last three years.
They have featured on ABC radio, television and online, and a collection of more than 50 contributions from Sunshine Coast locals will be on show at the Noosa Regional Gallery from 15 May.
Ms Joyce said most people have the capacity to tell a good story and have the advantage of an intimate knowledge of their community.
“They’re able to tell a story from a grass roots angle, they’re not journalistic about it,” she said.
“I think there’s a freedom about that to tell a very human interest story and I think people are more interested in people than they are in news.”
The exhibition will offer the chance to develop your own skills through free workshops.
“There are some really key principles to good story-telling and I think they can be learnt really easily but you need someone to teach you,” Ms Joyce said.
“ABC Open gives the guidance to help people tell the stories that matter to them in a way that they can connect with others.”

Exhibition Launch with ABC local radio presenter Mary-Lou Stephens – 17 May, 2pm.Coffee and Conversations – 4 June, 3pm.
Snapped Instagram Workshop – 7 June, 1pm.
Snapped Photo Walk -15 June, 10am.
500 Words Writing Workshop – 20 June, 3pm.