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UNSW Canberra

As the eldest of eight, Ms. Carmody’s story-telling journey began in childhood—a time marred by fears of the outside world: her father was killed by a drunk driver, and her mother worried constantly that her children would be taken away. The children often escaped through fantasy. “I told them stories as we had periods without television and there were not many books in the house for kids,” Carmody explains. “I drew on the myths and legends sections of our encyclopaedias, and they were usually horrifying stories that terrified us all; effective because I can now see they channelled the fears we had. Story telling is basically communication on steroids.”