Our inner lives are ‘constantly slipping away’.
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, talking about writing says, ‘Our writings dramatise the life which is constantly slipping away from us.’ This made me think about how children stop their inner lives from slipping away – by expressing (being allowed to express) their thoughts/ideas as stories. They think aloud and act on their thoughts – talking, depicting, acting – expressing thoughts that are intimate and fleeting – ‘elusive’.
Over many years, as a daughter, a mother, and a teacher I have recorded and collected children’s stories, as part of our collective knowledge, and understanding of ourselves, each other and our world.
I grew up in post-World War Two Melbourne, with my parents, Allison and Alf Dickie, who both were committed to fighting for a peaceful and just world; and two older brothers, David and Peter. Family
For ten years now, I have enjoyed growing up with my grandchildren, ‘the brothers’, Rory, Otto, and Fraser. I have watched them play, and listened to and shared their stories. Family: The Brothers
Other stories reflect my story-based approach to early childhood philosophy and teaching. Play Bricolage and Story