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Storytellers spin Territory yarns

By Katie Weiss

Communication studies lecturers Jennifer Pinkerton and Dr Gemma Blackwood say the next event will be held in June Communication studies lecturers Jennifer Pinkerton and Dr Gemma Blackwood say the next event will be held in June

Territorians have been spinning yarns at Darwin’s first regular public storytelling event.

Charles Darwin University communication studies lecturers Dr Gemma Blackwood and Jennifer Pinkerton are co-organisers of the recently launched event, “Spun: True Stories Told in the Territory”.

Dr Blackwood said the initiative aimed to connect the local community through live storytelling, and to celebrate the unique culture, people and places of the NT.

She said the event also served to highlight humanities programs at CDU, particularly literary studies.

“The NT has a reputation for being a place where fascinating stories happen, and now there is a platform on which to share these stories with other people,” Dr Blackwood said.

“CDU looks to promote innovation and creativity in the local arts community, which is why the School of Creative Arts and Humanities is supporting the event."

Included in the line-up of storytellers at the event launch was CDU Visual Arts student Tamara Howie, who spoke about her online dating experiences in Darwin.

Story Projects creative producer Johanna Bell, public relations manager Shankar Kasynathan and Artback NT communications manager Jessica Ong are also co-organisers of the event.

The next “Spun” events will be held on 26 June. For more information, visit the “Spun: True Stories Told in the Territory” Facebook page at W: facebook.com/spuntruestoriesnt?fref=ts