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Storyfest is one of Australia’s most enduring and innovative literary festivals held right here on the Gold Coast. Their inaugural podcast Bookmarked by Storyfest, launched at this year’s festival, is a literary podcast for curious kids and adults – not only will you learn about works of literature, art and the creators, but you will learn how storytelling, in all its forms can positively impact and inspire change in the world.

For this episode, join us at Dust Temple as host Belinda Raposo dissects Art Therapy with special guests Anna Ward (art therapist), Bev Grant Lipscomb (clinician, Indigenous counsellor and consultant) and Shelly Kelly (researcher and a SWELL 2021 artist).

Tickets are Adults $11 and includes a drink. Children $5.50 not including a drink. All tickets incur an Eventbrite booking fee.

Food and drinks are available to purchase at the event.


When | Monday 6th September

Time | 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Doors open from 4:00pm

Where | DUST TEMPLE 54 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223

Cost | Adult $11 + bf (ticket includes a drink)

Kids $5.50 +bf

SWELL Smalls Gallery and Dust Temple bar open from 4 pm daily

Dust Temple’s delicious bar food menu and drinks available to purchase.





Belinda Raposo

Belinda (she/her) is a storyteller, educator and screenwriter who explores themes of migration, identity, queer histories, food and grief. She has featured in Archer Magazine, The Victorian Writer, Mamamia, the David Hardy anthology BOLD and City of Gold Coast’s LENS GC, and is she the co-author of CO The Creative Couples Project. 

Her screenplay, Out at a Funeral, was developed with AFTRS/Screen Queensland/Screen Australia’s Talent Camp initiatives, and was also selected to be part of La Boite Theatre’s First Ten Pages (2019). She was winner of the OutStanding Prize in 2019. She is a Melbourne girl living on the Gold Coast.

(Image: care of Belinda Raposo)



Anna Ward

Anna Ward is the founder of Art Therapy Gold Coast, an organisation whose passion is helping those dealing with trauma or a range of physical and psychosocial diagnosis, to art and creativity as a therapeutic process for healing. As a highly accomplished artist, teacher, and Master of Art Therapy, with over 20 years industry experience, Anna is one of the Gold Coast’s most highly qualified professionals in this growing space, and an enthusiastic advocate for the benefits of Art Therapy. Having experienced first-hand how effective this modality is, she holds a deep belief in the healing benefits of creative arts. Driven by a desire to help people in community to lead a more fulfilled life, she has already positively impacted thousands of lives through her work. In addition to private practice, Anna continues to extend her passion for Art Therapy beyond her studio into positive collaborations with several community and charity organisations including homeless, at risk and youth organisations. She believes everyone should have access to the power of art and creativity to reduce stress, increase wellness and help express themselves for healing.

(Image: care of Anna Ward)


Shelly Kelly

Shelly Kelly is an installation artist who studied her BA (Hons) in London then completed a Masters in 2000. Currently a PhD candidate at QUT, she is researching sensory inclusive play spaces for neurodiverse children through co-design engagement. She has worked with neurodiverse children in inclusive education for the past nine years and observed firsthand the impacts that sensory challenges have on children, on their inclusion with peers and engagement in play environments. Communication through creative visual and tactile means aids in not only expression when oral skills are difficult but affords opportunities for self-regulation and improvement in social skills.

(Image: care of Shelly Kelly)


John Anthony Forno

John Anthony Forno is a Gold Coast Interdisciplinary artist whose work draws from childhood memories through the vehicles of play, environment, scale and nostalgia. These memories are bridges between past and present driving an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between play and its effects on self-esteem. John references a range of disciplines and ideas including psychology, gestalt theory and 80’s and 90’s popular culture. Whilst not defined by any particular medium, he frequently employs ready-made materials and found objects reminiscent of his youth. Through a process of play and self-discovery he recontextualise materials and theoretical research to form visual motifs, ritual acts and symbols synonymous with childhood and adolescence.

John completed a Bachelor of Digital Media (Fine Art) with Honours at Queensland College of Art. He has exhibited at Swell Sculpture Festival, Dust Temple Gallery, Gold Coast City Gallery, The Walls Artspace, Jugglers Artspace, The Field Ari and the White Box Gallery. He has been a finalist in Swell Sculpture Festival and Sculpture on the Edge, the recipient of the NAVA Ignition Award, Pat Corrigan Award for Academic Excellence, Pat Corrigan Award for Best Portfolio and winner of the Surfers Paradise Mural Festival.

(Image: care of John Anthony Forno)


Bev Grant Lipscomb

Bev Grant Lipscomb is a Clinician, Indigenous Consultant and Counsellor.

MIndigS. GraDipIndigH. SRN. C4TAA
Clinician, Indigenous Consultant and Counselor.
Nursing. Aged Care and Disability. Substance Mis-Use.
General Education. Child Studies & Child Protection.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, History and Culture.
Community Services Education, Health, Justice, Housing, Mentoring.
Social Policy Research. Diversity & Inclusiveness. Mental Health.
Suicide Prevention and Intervention. St John’s First Aid and CPR.




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