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Stories, stories, stories. Your story. My story. OUR story. We read them watch them, hear them, LIVE them. I write stories, mainly for kids (but hey, anyone is allowed to read them!) I help people find their stories - especially but not only - older people. I share stories and stories about stories, because they weave us into families, communities and cultures, because they are the way we make meaning out of our world, and because they bring me joy. I hope they bring you joy too. See, I can't tell you how to live your life, but I can share a story- and maybe it's just the one you need. We are ALL made of stories… what’s yours?

We Are All Made of Stories with Ellie Royce Ellie Royce

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Stories, stories, stories. Your story. My story. OUR story. We read them watch them, hear them, LIVE them. I write stories, mainly for kids (but hey, anyone is allowed to read them!) I help people find their stories - especially but not only - older people. I share stories and stories about stories, because they weave us into families, communities and cultures, because they are the way we make meaning out of our world, and because they bring me joy. I hope they bring you joy too. See, I can't tell you how to live your life, but I can share a story- and maybe it's just the one you need. We are ALL made of stories… what’s yours?

    What's Your Story - From the Year 2020- Comeback Crew, Pandemic Launches and Food Stories with Danielle Dufayet

    What's Your Story - From the Year 2020- Comeback Crew, Pandemic Launches and Food Stories with Danielle Dufayet

    Gosh, 2020 was a year.
    But look, so has 2021 been, right? For Kidlit creators with books releasing, it's just  a different world since COVID-19 impacted most of us,  and the funny thing is- this discussion is still (sadly) very relevant.  You may have heard me speak of my Great Technical Meltdown...or not. In any case, that's why this episode is almost a year late being posted. However, what I found talking to Danielle Dufayet (click here for her info) is that Kidlit, Creativity and  Community are also always relevant, right?
    Right. Obviously,  so are food and stories and Dani  shares some lovely foodie story memories with me, too.
    I'm believing that although this episode is being sent out later than expected, the timing is perfect for someone who needs to hear it or read Dani's empowering, supportive books right now.
    Don't forget you can check out the 2020Comeback Crew  online  on FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter too, and have a look at the fabulous creations they collectively launched last year.
    See, I can't tell you how to live your life, but I can share a story with you- and maybe it's just the one you need.
    Stay safe, dear listeners,
    Talk to you soon 
    Ellie xx

    • 30 min
    What's Your Story-From the Year 2020: Comeback Crew, Kidlit and Community with Susi Schaefer, creator of "CAT LADIES"

    What's Your Story-From the Year 2020: Comeback Crew, Kidlit and Community with Susi Schaefer, creator of "CAT LADIES"

    Gosh, 2020 was a year.
    But look, so has 2021 been, right? For Kidlit creators with books releasing, it's just  a different world.  You may have heard me speak of my Great Technical Meltdown...or not. In any case, that's why this episode is almost a year late being posted. However, what I found is that what Susi Schaefer (author illustrator of "Cat Ladies" ,  prolific YouTube poster of gorgeous art tutorials at Susi Schaefer Art and very lovely human being) and I were talking about is still totally relevant. Kidlit community, creativity and picturebooks are always, relevant, right?
    Right. Obviously,  so are stories and Susi shares a lovely one with me about creative  community- for you!
    I'm believing that although this episode is being sent out later than expected, the timing is perfect for someone who needs to hear it or read Susi's book or find her gorgeous tutorials  right now.
    See, I can't tell you how to live your life, but I can share a story with you- and maybe it's just the one you need.
    Stay safe, dear listeners,
    Talk to you soon 
    Ellie xx

    • 26 min
    What's on My Mind - Ellie Royce and Zoe Collins (a.k.a. "The Sourdough Connection...") September 3 2021

    What's on My Mind - Ellie Royce and Zoe Collins (a.k.a. "The Sourdough Connection...") September 3 2021

    What’s on YOUR mind?
    Zoe and I always have lots on ours. After “The Great Technical Meltdown of 2021” where I lost all my files for the podcast and then because of various other occurrences the pod had to go into suspended animation for a bit. But while I attempted to ride the waves of Life, this little project stayed in my thoughts and finally - FINALLY - I’m almost er… back where I started?

    Anyhoo - we’re here!

    Me and Zoe are kicking off the new iteration of “We Are All Made of Stories” sharing stories about intuition, vaccination, ( *note- I say the F word* earlyish on just so you know , but I said it so fast I couldn’t edit it out, apologies to anyone who finds it offensive)  stories about resistance, creativity, business, narrative therapy and SOURDOUGH!
    In fact- we’re embarking on an experiment to air dry my sourdough starter and send it to Zoe ! (Tune in next time to see how I go.)

    Are you missing a chat with mates down the corner caf? Over the front gate ? Then maybe you’ll enjoy hanging out with us for a bit.

    You can find Zoe online at https://www.zoecollins.art/
    You can find me online at  https://www.weareallmadeofstories.com/

    I’d love you to leave a comment, a review or whatnot on the podcast, but I’d REALLY love you to head over to the Podcast Instagram account @madeofstorieswithellieroyce and
    say hi, comment on the episode and tell me what’s on your mind- any thoughts on what you want to hear about ? 

    Last but definitely not least, shout out to Gemma Patience for mentioning the pod online and telling us she enjoyed it ( unfortunately this happened just before the aforementioned Great Technical Meltdown so I didn’t get to thank her.)

    Stay safe everyone,
    I can’t tell you how to live your life, but I can share a story with you - and maybe it’s just the one you need.
    Talk to you soon!
    Ellie xx

    • 43 min
    What's Your Story? The Real Dolly Diamond

    What's Your Story? The Real Dolly Diamond

    Every story has a beginning , a middle and an end- and every end is actually a new beginning! It's  Mardi Gras time in Australia on Saturday March 6 , so what better time to share   Cabaret/Drag performer  Dolly Diamond's story with you all?
    I came across Dolly through Storybox Library initially, where her performances were captivating , and then followed The Kerrie and Dolly Show through it's run online.
    So it was big biccies to me when Dolly was kind enough to agree to have a chat about her story.
    You can find out more about Dolly at https://dollydiamond.com.au/ , follow her on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/therealdollydiamond/ and on instagram @therealdollydiamond
    I forgot to ask Dolly if she was an Auntie Uncle , but I just want to say happy Mardi Gras, especially to all the Auntie Uncles and Rainbow Families out there, and to mention the Rainbow Families organisation in NSW. You can connect with them online at https://www.rainbowfamilies.com.au/ and find out  more about the great work they do.
    Talk to you soon, story lovers!
    xxx Ellie

    • 16 min
    "What's On My Mind" January 19th 2021 with ZOE COLLINS!

    "What's On My Mind" January 19th 2021 with ZOE COLLINS!

    Hello Story Lovers! Look, I know you heard Zoe and I in Episode One , but we found out we had so much to talk about and so much we didn't talk about in that episode that we've decided to get the band back together and continue this never ending story/conversation for as long as we all enjoy it.

    And why not?

    On January 19 we talk creativity and family , staying healthy (or trying to), life stages and changes and how emotion can unexpectedly creep up on you in the most unexpected ways, the fact that I am going to be a grandmother for the first time this year,  the ins and outs of running a creative business, author visits  aaaaaaaaaand- I think that's about everything.

    But if you listen you'll no doubt find lots of other things I've forgotten.

    Stuff we mention:
    "Lovemarks - The Future Beyond Brands" book by Kevin Roberts

    SOUL Movie - Pixar (PS I have now watched this movie and it's totally gorgeous!)

    Marie Forleo

    Nutritious Movement

    Where you can find us :

    Ellie Royce  www.ellieroyceauthor.com

    Zoe Collins  www.hellozoecollins.com.au

    • 39 min
    What's Your Story - Lori Starling , Author of "Toby Wears A Tutu"

    What's Your Story - Lori Starling , Author of "Toby Wears A Tutu"

    Welcome to episode two! What better way to start  2021 than celebrating the launch of a beautiful new picture book?
    I chat to Lori Starling about their gorgeous picture book "Toby Wears A Tutu"  out on January 12th .
    Lori Starling is a writer, poet, amateur ukulele player, and lover of all things Poe, Dickinson, and Plath. They are both a children’s and young adult fiction writer, who strives to make their world realistic for readers. Fans of their work love to find comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their experiences and can find solitude within its pages. As an esteemed logophile, (lover of words), and an advocate for all, they bring these marginalized voices, (especially LGBTQ+), to their writing, so they can be heard. Starling wishes to empower readers and give them a sense of belonging, as well as confidence.
    Starling holds an MFA in Creative Writing, a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, as well as other associate degrees in Business Administration, Science, and Computer Information Systems. They have written for various online publications, such as Planting Seeds in South Carolina Magazine and One Green Planet. Their short stories and poems can be seen in Life in 10 Minutes Literary Magazine, Beyond Queer Words: A Collection of Poems, The Daily Drunk, and WriteNow Literary Journal. They are a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, (SCBWI), and an emerging writer member of The Author’s Guild. When they’re not writing, you can find them outside in the garden, doodling, making music with their five-year-old son, or cooking up something good in the kitchen. They work as a freelance writer/editor and is the co-founder/editor of Clay Literary, a monthly online publication featuring work from creators aged 14+. Their next children’s book, Toby Wears a Tutu, debuts in early 2021.

    We talk all things children's literature, diversity, inclusion and inspiration ( Even Bob Ross gets a mention!)

    Toby Wears A Tutu
    Lori Starling (Author), Anita DuFalla (Illustrator)
    It's the first day of school, and Toby is dressed in their best and ready to make new friends! But first, Toby’s new classmates want to know: Is Toby a boy or a girl? Toby isn’t sure how to answer. Toby likes to wear basketball shorts and tutus. Toby plays ninjas and dances ballet. Finally, after a little thought and some encouragement from Mom, Toby has a declaration to make: they can eat, wear, do, or be anything they want! Toby isn’t a boy or a girl—Toby is just Toby
    Publisher : Brandylane Publishers, Inc. (12 January 2021)Language: : EnglishPrint on Demand (Hardcover) : 32 pagesISBN-10 : 195156538XISBN-13 : 978-1951565381Reading age : 4 - 8 yearsDimensions : 17.78 x 0.64 x 25.4 cm

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