In this episode, we have a conversation with Dr Kelly Royds who uses participatory video as a storytelling and educational tool for children.

Kelly is a child and youth development worker with 10 years of research, program management and communication experience. Her work and research for the past eight years has focused on the use of participatory media for social justice and global education.

We hear some of her stories from children in Timor-Leste and rural Australia. We also explore what it means to truly listen to unheard voices and how we can use storytelling as a tool for learning. You can find out more about Kelly’s research here.

And here’s what else we’re enjoying in the world of conscious storytelling this month:


S Town – if you haven’t heard of it yet, we invite you to emerge from your cave, grab some headphones, and plug in for eight hours of controversial, deep and beautiful storytelling. For storytellers, it presents some heavy food for thought on the meaning of story and the role of the teller.


Speaking of listening to unheard voices, the Paris Review just published this essay on “The Feminine Heroic”, looking at how women have often been excluded from adventure narratives, and women who are challenging that.


In our podcast interview, Kelly referred to a video made by children in Timor-Leste, called “The Fishermen”. You can watch it here.

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