Storycrafting refugee children’s lives. Presenting Ali and the Long Journey to Australia

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Refugee students may come to schools with fragmented educational histories and other exile-related stressors, but many also settle fast, enjoy school and live rather ordinary childhoods. These more positive stories are not told because they get overridden by well-meaning but counterproductive stories of victimhood. This article presents a storycrafting project with 13 primary school aged refugee children in Australia, with an aim to problematise this deficit-discourse. The outcome was the group’s “preferred narrative”, that is, a story combining fact and fiction within the dialogical process between the teller and the audiences. The story was published as a fictional book and an animated film entitled Ali and the Long Journey Australia. This article discusses this process and its outcome; how a child-led project combining fact and fiction can inform qualitative research, and how stories are welcomed by audiences which are out of reach by regular research outputs.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Oct 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • fiction
  • narrative research
  • preferred story
  • refugee students
  • Storycrafting

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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