Storyteller donates sale proceeds to hearing charities

Teliha Clarke hasn’t let a hearing loss stop her from achieving her storytelling dream.

The Year 12 Dubbo College student grew up hearing traditional stories. Being able to continue the tradition of sharing stories about her culture is something she has always felt passionate about.

Putting her passion to good use, 18-year-old Teliha penned her first children’s book, The Devil Up in the Tree, as part of her Aboriginal Studies. Teliha devoted countless hours over five months to its production.

She researched Aboriginal storytelling, edited, conducted interviews, gained audience feedback and sourced illustrators, printers and publishers.

Teliha has a moderate-to-severe hearing loss and is a client at Australian Hearing Dubbo. She hopes the book will inspire others to follow their dreams and that her story will reach many people. She is also using the book as a way of giving back, with the proceeds of book sales to go to two charities close to her: the Hear Our Heart Ear Bus Project and the Dubbo and District Support Group for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.