"Growing up Italian in Australia meant growing up with migrant stories. My head was full of people and places that seemed foreign and yet were utterly familiar—part of me, like my Italian face and my Italian surname. Migration is not just about geography. The ‘places’ can be cultural, emotional, sometimes utterly notional."
—Elise Valmorbida, Forbes interview, 2019
Elise devises and teaches creative writing workshops that explore Migration Stories. Sometimes she calls them Suitcase Stories. The workshop participants may be from different countries or cultures, but many people—and many characters—‘migrate’ in other ways: perhaps their journey is from one kind of life, or one identity, to another.