Museum of Brisbane

Exhibition inspires school kids to write creatively


English students from Corinda State High School were challenged as part of an English Excellence Program to visit The view from here exhibition and use it as inspiration to produce an original work.

Their teacher, Karen Garavelis had this to say about the activity:

“…the Writer’s Camp, this year held at the beautiful Museum of Brisbane, is designed to support students to develop their interest and ability in creative writing. They are able to learn from, and engage in, activities with published authors, and be inspired and challenged by others. This year’s Camp allowed students to interact with authors James Moloney and Tristan Bancks, and also with museum staff, as they viewed The View From Here exhibition in order to not only learn, but also to produce original work in response to different stimuli, including of course, the  Alfred Elliott photos.
As a result of the Camp, Yr 7 and 9 students were asked to create a short story in response to one of the photos, and Yr 8s were asked to produce a personal anecdote in the form of a digital narrative, either by imagining they were someone in the photo, or writing their own personal anecdote, inspired by, and in response to, one of the photos.
The students found the whole experience very fulfilling, not only in their creative output, but because they also learnt about some of Brisbane’s history in a beautiful environment.”


Students participated in three workshops:

Exploration of the exhibition The view from here with Phillip Manning, curator of the exhibition

Multimedia writing workshop with Tristan Bancks, a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His books include My Life & Other Stuff I Made UpMac Slater CoolhunterGalactic Adventures First Kids in Space, Two Wolves and the Nit Boy series

Writing workshop with James Moloney, an award winning full-time author best known for his young adult novels, including A Bridge to Wisemans’ Cove, Touch Me, Tunnels of Ferdinand, The Book of Lies and Disappearing Act

Then afterwards, created works based on their experiences at the Museum. Selected works are linked below:

digital anecdote
IMAGE: Windmill, Wickham Terrace, 1895
IMAGE: William and Johnny fishing in the Maroochy River, 1890