Age Recommendation: 8+

The Outside In by David Burton

This year has been quite overwhelming, this story reflects on how many children and young people have felt as they’ve battled the noise in their heads and all around us.

About the story

A recurring theme in the pictures was a sense of how overwhelming and stressful the “inside” - the constant stream of news and information, zoom classes and screen time has been for some people. In counterpoint to this, many of the pictures that young people shared with us featured beautiful, often very peaceful, images of the natural world “outside" - trees, birds, rainbows and flowers. This story honours both those themes. We hope when you listen to it, the gentle rhythms of the outside world can come into your busy inside life.

Credits

Acknowledgement of country spoken by Shannon Ruska with Yuan and Marawa Ruska

Writer: David Burton
Read by: Margi Brown Ash
Sound Designer: Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
Director: Bridget Boyle

Arlo – Age 9

Arlo – Age 9

People are fighting over toilet paper.

Amelia – Age 9

Amelia – Age 9

COVID, the time when people were scared of other people coughing adn sneezing.

Anna – Age 11

Anna – Age 11

Everything closed and in turn shut life down.

Ava – Age 8

Ava – Age 8

This 2020 I wish to see fireworks

Brooke – Age 11

Brooke – Age 11

My drawing is about 2020 and what we went through together. Most of these are negative events and the desk means are what we did with online learning.

Bethany – Age 11

Bethany – Age 11

My drawing is about how this year has changed from empty parks to such wonderful places we look forward to live in

Evita – Age 11

Evita – Age 11

Corona virus taught us many good things, and many bad things.

Isla – Age 10

Isla – Age 10

I drew a hospital room because whenever I look at COVID I think of this image in my head and I put some get well things on the table to show the families support for the child

Harper – Age 10

Harper – Age 10

being in lock down was a really miserable time. As a river of tears rushed down my face like the gutters on a rainy day, I was extremely nervous about my family overseas. new babies were born, their parents doing everything they could to keep their bundles of joy safe.

Issie – Age 11

Issie – Age 11

Corona virus, is it always negative?
Out of this crisis comes re connection and hope.

Jack – Age 11

Jack – Age 11

This is about the 2020 fires and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis.

Jasmine – Age 11

Jasmine – Age 11

This reminds me of when I would work on school work during lockdown. This is my imagination of what I felt during working.

Khalid – Age 11

Khalid – Age 11

Mia – Age 10

Mia – Age 10

During this outrageous virus, I miss looking out the window, listening to the birds. I also miss visiting my uncle because he is fighting for his life after a horrible crash (his motorbike got into flames). I miss him very much.

Oskar – Age 12

Oskar – Age 12

I hope that we don't become poor... Also I'm an aspiring artist

Oskar – Age 12

Oskar – Age 12

I hope more adults get jobs (unlike my parents, who have jobs)

Owen – Age 11

Owen – Age 11

This drawing is about how COVID-19 has stopped the world's progress, all captured in my drawing technique, the eye of reflection.

Perrie – Age 10

Perrie – Age 10

Whenever you feel alone, look for the bright side . Believe it's going to be ok, loose yourself in fantasy, a novel or your own imagination.

Ruzal – Age 5

Ruzal – Age 5

My wish is that dad stays out of hospital. I missed him when it was COVID-19.

Tallulah – Age 11

Tallulah – Age 11

All the limits made me released how serious this was. COVID-19 was powering on with no sign of stopping.

Teddy – Age 2

Teddy – Age 2

If everybody washes their hands and wears masks then it will wash away all the corona virus germs. Then we all go to the bike park and ride our space bikes.

Zoe – Age 10

Zoe – Age 10

One whirlwind of a year 2020 is! Only being able to connect with family and friends online. others say we are living in a nightmare.

Zoe – Age 10

Zoe – Age 10

I drew this picture in lockdown. I wanted to go outside and I drew a rainbow because it makes me happy.

Amy – Age 11

Amy – Age 11

My drawing illustrates the major impact of COVID-19 has made on a global scale. It shows a hand with bright red nails grasping Earth, slowly spreading the red virus across the globe, starting with China.

#Wishful Bedtime Stories

Company Statement

2020 has been difficult for all of us and so developing Wishful Bedtime Stories this year was especially meaningful for the creative team. As artists, creating a work virtually, via emails and online meetings, posed new challenges—there was the danger of feeling isolated and disconnected. But initial concerns about being distanced from each other and our audience faded when we set eyes on the stories and art submitted by children in Brisbane. Here, in beautiful, colourful detail, was all of the uncertainty and fear, yet also the hope and humour, of the COVID experience. Receiving the work was inspiring, and we wanted to honour the children’s experiences of the pandemic in an authentic way. 

Although the stories are somewhat universal, we also wanted them to settle inside the specificities of the Brisbane experience—with many of the most interesting ideas coming directly from the children’s stories and art. A big thank you to all the children who submitted work—we literally could not have done it without you! 

We sincerely hope you enjoy these Wishful Bedtimes Stories. We dedicate them to all of the grandparent visits missed, the sport games cancelled, the hours of video games played, and all of the pets that were overjoyed to be by our side. 

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