Stories by middle school students

Ginninderra Press, 2006


Winner of 2006 Yogie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Participation.


This was a creative writing project with 10 - 14 year olds developed through drama and writing workshops at Gold Creek and Wanniassa Schools. Young people were supported to become the storytellers, and the book published stories, poems, drawing and cartoons from twenty-two young people.


‘Scrimmage’ means a scrum or tussle, and young Canberran authors and artists turned their imagination to the scrum-like thoughts and feelings that we often have about our bodies and self-esteem, and how these are resolved. The collection has broad appeal as a good read for young people and as invaluable resources for adults  working with young people on body image and self-esteem issues.


Partners: Mental Illness Education ACT, Canberra Youth Theatre


More stories from Body Image, Body Scrimmage



This was the second part of the Body Image, Body Scrimmage project - a creative writing project with an older age group, 14 - 18 year olds. The works were similarly developed through drama and writing workshops resulting in a collection of stories, poems and drawings about body image and self-esteem from thirty-six young people. The project aimed to enhance healthy body image and self-esteem in young people and create a health promotion resource that has the voice of young people at its core.


The project culminated in the dramatisation of both collections by The Messengers Progam, and was performed at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.


The Body Image Body Scrimmage project was presented at the Margins to Mainstream Conference, 5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, Melbourne 2008.


Partners: Mental Illness Education ACT, Messengers Program (Tuggeranong Arts Centre)