Migration stories
photo of old suitcases
  • “If there’s one common element in all my writing, it’s an interest in migrants and migration. I guess it’s natural given my own multicultural origins, but it’s also at the heart of storytelling: the migrant brain is prone to metaphor—the perpetual balancing of here and there, different worlds in simultaneous play.”
    —Elise Valmorbida, The Guardian, 2009

    "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. 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. 

    SUITCASE STORIES: Writing About Migration and Other Journeys
    New one-day workshop with WRITERS VICTORIA: 6 March 2022

    Migration Stories one-day workshop (London): 11 January 2020 

    Migration Stories one-day workshop (Sydney): 21 March 2020
    Migration Stories one-day workshop (Melbourne): 28 March 2020

    The first in the CoAsIt Italian Australian culture series, recorded remotely via Zoom from London in lockdown, May 2020
    link here

    © 2022 Elise Valmorbida