SPUN: True Stories Told in the Territory is a live storytelling event showcasing some of the extraordinary people and their stories that make up the Northern Territory. Popping up at different venues around Darwin every three months, SPUN brings people from all walks of life together to share stories under a theme.
True stories told live are incredibly powerful. They have the potential to move, confront and inspire us, reframing the way we see ourselves, and others. At a time when we're bombarded by social media and manufactured narratives, SPUN offers a refreshingly candid snapshot of life in the Territory.
The Northern Territory certainly punches above its weight when it comes to storytelling. From our backyards, paddocks, boats and campervans, comes a collection of remarkable storytellers who love to tell a good yarn. SPUN is run by a team of professionals who are passionate about oral storytelling. Every storyteller is matched with a story producer who helps bring out the best in their story.
If you can't make it to a SPUN event, all is not lost. You can wrap your ears around a curated selection of stories from our live events via our podcast! You can also find out more about upcoming events, and if you've got a story you'd like to share, you can do so right here.
We look forward to sitting with you for some stories soon!
SPUN is presented by StoryProjects, a Darwin-based creative consultancy specialising in live storytelling events.
Johanna Bell - Creative Director
Johanna is an award-winning author and the founder of StoryProjects. She works with diverse communities to create works that promote empathy and bring landscapes and culture to life, through story. Interested in hybrid storytelling, Johanna fuses fiction, poetry, podcasting, social research and theatre. No two weeks are the same which is just how she likes it.
Jess Ong - Podcast Producer + Host and Online Producer
Jess is a bit of a busy body and likes to ask a lot of questions, a curiosity that serves her well when digging for stories and new best friends. While nattering away as a presenter on ABC Radio, Jess is also a Communications Manager in the private sector. When time permits, she flirts with the world of audio storytelling.
Lori Uden - Creative Producer
Coming from a background of tourism, marketing & community development, Lori has discovered that she loves working as a freelance producer, facilitator and enabler in the arts, and is inspired by creativity, diversity and stories. In fact, she firmly believes that we can all achieve greatness, or close enough to it, by joining forces and sharing stories.
Celia Neilson - Graphic Designer
Celia Neilson is a graphic designer with a love for bold, bright prints and has a bit of an obsession with foliage - drawn, in the garden, or on a cake. Celia is a big fan of the NT, and although originally from New Zealand, she considers herself a lifelong member of the delightful Darwin club.
Alex Edmondson - Story Producer
An award winning filmmaker, Alex began her career working in script development for Baz Luhrmann before writing and directing her own films and starting her production company Wolfgarden. Perpetually intrigued and perplexed by this world, Alex sees storytelling as a way of seeking to understand the world and herself. She has recently moved beyond film into creating multimedia installations.
Tamara Howie - Story Producer
Tamara Howie is an award-winning journalist, producer and occasional artist. Since moving to Darwin from Melbourne, she has found her place among the Territory's unpolished, vulgar and often offensively hilarious characters. Tamara cut her teeth at the NT News before jumping ship to Off The Leash - she still loves a good croc yarn though. Tamara is also an associate producer for the Darwin Fringe Festival.
Caro Macdonald - Story Producer
Caro is a documentary maker and anthropologist who loves turning the beauty of real life into films and podcasts for television, radio and community projects. She likes working with audio and film because they can communicate to audiences in new and interesting ways, sometimes even with the power to elicit social change. Caro has worked across remote Australia, and is now based in Darwin.
Kylie Stevenson - Story Producer
Kylie crossed the border into the Northern Territory in 2007 to take up a
job as a sub-editor at the NT News. She spent the next eight-and-a-half
years reading, writing and headlining yarns that made her laugh, cry,
and everything in between. Since then she has worked as a producer at
ABC Radio Darwin, written for several national publications and is currently completing a Doctorate of Creative Arts.
Photography by Jett Street, Sarah Mackie, Aaron Burton, Jano Gibson, Elise Derwin and Helen Orr.
A huge thanks to past SPUN story producers Jess Ong, Rosa Ellen, Caddie Brain, Oscar Schwartz, James Purtill, Jennifer Pinkerton, Pat Horton, Gemma Blackwood and Shankar Kasynathan. Thanks to Ryan McArthur, Hamish Robertson and Will Tinapple who help, and have helped, with our audio.
Sarah Reuben - Story Producer
Coming from a background in theatre making and comedy, telling stories
is at the heart of all of Sarah’s work. Whether producing, performing or
traveling around Australia with an a’capella choir that only sings Shania
Twain songs, Sarah is dedicated to engaging audiences with experiences
that stay with them on far beyond the theatre walls.