CAROLINE GRAHAM

story-collector

ABOUT

"There are things that can be forgotten. And things that cannot—that sit on dusty shelves like stuffed birds with baleful, sideways staring eyes."

- Arundhati Roy - 

Hi, I’m Caro. I have pretty bad eyesight—it’s an occupational hazard. I spent my childhood stealing batteries from TV remotes so I could read by torchlight after my parents enforced a sensible bedtime, and most of my professional life revolves around collecting, inventing and elevating stories—mine, or other people’s.

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Notebooks are extraordinary things. As a journalist, my notebook was my ticket into other people’s lives and loungerooms and I spent the early years of my career interviewing everyone from prostitutes to politicians, criminals to pop-culture idols. Then, I got the notebook back out and turned to fiction as a way of telling the stories that stuck with me, years later. The ones too strange and magical to preserve in newsprint, and too important to forget.  

 

I co-wrote the Walkley Award-winning podcast series Lost in Larrimah and am the co-author of Writing Feature Stories: How to research and write articles—from listicles to longform. I’m currently working on two novels and a non-fiction book and when I’m not chasing stories, I teach journalism and creative writing at Bond University.  I'm also finishing my PhD thesis on the intersections between memory, history and empathy. Essentially, I'm nurturing my own digital panic by asking difficult questions about how we maintain empathy in a world where we are all drowning in a surfeit of memory and information.

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