An exercise in speculation, and hope.

My Future Town is an exciting creative project being run by The University of Queensland this year, 2022, for 13-18 years old people living in or around Dalby, Jandowae, Tara and Chinchilla. Twenty young people from each town will be chosen to participate in one of four two-day creative workshops. These will be run in each of the towns between May and July this year. The workshops will be conducted by award winning science fiction and fantasy author and illustrator, Isobelle Carmody.

What does the future hold for our town?

No one can predict the future, but we can imagine it. And in imagining it, we can help to shape it.

The My Future Town project is designed to help young people image the near and far future of their towns.

If you are between 13-18 and live in or near Jandowae, Chinchilla, Tara, and Dalby, like writing or drawing or making things, if you are interested in science and technology, media, or indeed any aspect of the future, we invite you to join us in one of four very special two day research workshops being run by The University of Queensland.

Welcome to My Future Town

Watch a brief overview of the My Future Town project, presented by the facilitator, Isobelle Carmody.

Meet the facilitator

Meet the facilitator

ISOBELLE CARMODY is an Australian writer of science fiction, fantasy, children’s and juvenile literature.

In 2021 Isobelle completed her PhD at The University of Queensland. She then joined the Creativity and Human Flourishing Project, being conducted by The University of Queensland, as a Research Fellow, to help design and facilitate the My Future Town project. She is also writing her own book set in the future of Canberra, called Comes The Night, to be published by Allen and Unwin.

Participating towns

The four towns have been carefully chosen as research sites for the project. Our team has visited the area, taking photographs, observing and exploring, even staying on a local farm, so that we have a good framework of basic knowledge that will allow us to engage more fully with your experience of growing up in your town, and help you imagine the future of the region.

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