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With a background in social research and an interest in hybrid forms of storytelling, Johanna’s CV spans writing, podcasting, oral storytelling, non-fiction theatre, public art and community cultural development.


Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back, 2019, Allen & Unwin

Go Home Cheeky Animals, 2016, Allen & Unwin

Too Many Cheeky Dogs, 2014, Allen & Unwin

Bush Stone-curlew, Flightpath, 2017, Hallowell Press

First Kiss, Inside Out, 2017, University of Melbourne

Silver Linings, Overland, 2016


Winner CBCA Book of the Year (Early Childhood), 2017

Winner Northern Territory Literary Award for Poetry, 2018

Winner, Northern Territory Literary Award for Short Story, 2016

Runner Up, Overland Literary Magazine, Short Story Wine Prize, 2016

Shortlisted for the NT Media Award, Best Feature for the SPUN Stories Podcast, 2017

Shortlisted for the Northern Territory Literary Award for poetry, 2019

Shortlisted for the Northern Territory Literary Award for short story, 2018

Shortlisted for the Alan Marshall Short Story Competition, 2017

Shortlisted for the NIBILUK short story competition, 2017

Shortlisted for the Northern Territory Literary Award for poetry, 2017

Shortlisted twice for Northern Territory Literary Award, flash fiction, 2016

Shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the year, 2016

Shortlisted for Koala (NSW), YABBA (VIC), KROC Awards (NT), 2016 & 2014

Shortlisted for Territory Read Award, 2014


Churchill Fellowship (Community Storytelling), 2017

Arts NT Arts Fellowship (Octopus), 2018-19

City of Darwin Community Benefit Grant (Octopus), 2019

ArtsNT Live Darwin Arts Grant (ATMOS: Season 2), 2018, 2019

ArtsNT Live Darwin Arts Grant (ATMOS: Season 1), 2018

Brown’s Mart Build Up Grant (Verbatim Theatre Project), 2017, 2018

ArtsNT Strategic Development Grant (Business & Communications Planning), 2017

ArtsNT Development Grant (ATMOS: Listening parties for story lovers), 2017

ArtsNT Development Grant (Life & Art of Dion Beasley: an illustrated memoir), 2017

ArtsNT Development Grant (SPUN), 2015

Regional Arts Fund Development Grant (SPUN in Pine Creek & Katherine), 2015

ArtsNT Development Grant (Go Home Cheeky Animals!), 2015

INPEX Community Grant (SPUN), 2015

City of Darwin Temporary Public Artwork Grants, 2015 & 2016


Founder & Director, StoryProjects, 2014 - current

Founder & Creative Director, InsideOUT, 2018 - current

Co-Founder & Co-Director, OCTOPUS, 2018 - current

Founder & Creative Director, SPUN Stories, 2015 - 2019

Executive Producer, SPUN Stories Podcast, 2017 – 2019

Creative Director, ATMOS: Listening parties for story lovers, 2017 - 2019

Creative Producer, Locals who love birds, City of Darwin, 2016

Co-Producer of RED (RICE Cultural Weekend), Brown’s Mart, 2016

Creative Producer, Photo Fence, City of Darwin, 2015

Creative Producer, Feast of Stories, National Rural Health Alliance, 2015


Research & Evaluation Officer, Northern Territory Library, 2013 - 16

Program Manager, Menzies School of Health Research, 2009 - 12

Research Consultant, Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia, 2007 - 09

Youth Participation Officer, NSW Department Environment & Conservation, 2006 - 07

Youth Programs Coordinator, Inspire Foundation, 2004 - 06


Masters in Program Evaluation, Melbourne University, 2011

B.A Communications (Social Inquiry), University of Technology Sydney, 2004

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