About the Local Story Space Project

The Local Story Space Project (on hiatus) is an online space for stories about creative women and their creative spaces. Based on Virginia Woolf’s idea that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write,” each interview is an opportunity to explore what space means, what feeds creativity and the ways that creative women make time and space for their creativity when there are often competing demands.

I write about art, design and culture by bringing words, pictures and sound together.

I visit creative women in their creative spaces and have a chat about their projects and lives. I created this project out of a desire to understand my own creativity by asking other women how they nurture their own.

This project is about visibility for women’s stories and work. The podcast means that creatives can tell their stories in their own voices. This project is also about creating a legacy for women and girls so that, “if you can see it, you can be it.” This project is about cheering each other on. It is a supportive and creative space.

As an intersectional feminist, I’m interested in gender equality and equal representation for all female identifying, trans and non-binary individuals in all aspects of life, including the art world.

About Jenni Mazaraki

mebandwlighterI was accepted into the BA in Fine Art on my painting folio and finished the degree as a sculptor. I also have a BA in Visual Communication and a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. Art feels like my language. I have a thing for piles of dirt and grand manicured hedges. When I write and draw I feel most like myself and wonder what makes other creative women feel most like themselves. In 2020 I am undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing to work on my manuscript, I’ll hold you.


June 2020: Motherhood: When literature mirrors experience. Part 1: Being good, Margaret River Press

May 2020: Gold, in the Newcastle Short Story Award anthology

Feb 2020: On the water, Empty House Press

June 2019: Somebody’s Baby, in We’ll Stand in that Place and other stories, Margaret River Press

May 2019: You know, in #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement, Picador

Oct 2018: In Japan, in The Bridport Prize anthology

2017: Interview: Jane Connory, a champion for women in graphic design for Creative Women’s Circle

2017: Interviews with Creative Women: Mirranda Burton, Visual Artist and Graphic Novelist for Creative Women’s Circle

2017: Interview with Georgina Proud, Ceramic Artist for Creative Women’s Circle

2017: Interview with Dawn Tan, Illustrator and Teacher for Creative Women’s Circle

2017: Kate Just is here to knit powerful women and be your feminist fan for The Ladies Network

2017: Making Space: Freya Bennett, co-director, Ramona Magazine for girls for Creative Women’s Circle

2017: Inside the ‘Making Modernism’ exhibition at Heide Museum for The Ladies Network

2017: In the Studio with Rachel Ang for The Ladies Network


2020: Longlisted in the Furphy Literary Award

2020: Shortlisted in the Peter Carey Short Story Award

2020: Shortlisted in the Newcastle Short Story Award for Gold

2020: Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript for I’ll hold you

2019: Longlisted in the Fish Publishing Flash Fiction prize

2019: Winner April 9, Flash Fiction Competition, Writers Victoria

2019: Shortlisted in the Margaret River Press prize

2018: Highly Commended in The Bridport Prize

2018: Longlisted in the Margaret River Press prize

2017: Shortlisted in the Deborah Cass prize

2017: Shortlisted in the Albury City Council short story award