At the Book Incubator™ we provide safe, nurturing and
inclusive opportunities for people of all ages
to tell, write and publish their stories.
of the Year Award
Community & Industry
of the Year Award
Kate Heaslip Founder and Creative Director
M.Des BDes GDED GDCreative Art Therapies
2020 West Australian Womens Hall of Fame Inductee
Kate’s belief that everyone has a story to tell drives every creative program and workshop that she develops and is the driving force behind the foundation of the Book Incubator.
Known for her empathy and compassion mixed with a rather wicked sense of humour, Kate has the ability to quickly create bonds with the people that she works with.
Kate's belief in the importance of written, visual and oral literacy through the medium of storytelling sees her as a sought after speaker in the corporate sector, in communities and at creative forums.
There is an intrinsic human need to share our stories, to have a voice, to feel valued and to be heard.
Our programs are designed to reconnect people to themselves and to their communities..
The Book Incubator™, provides a safe and authentic place for people to tell their stories. The Book Incubator™ runs workshops that are inclusive; accessible to all ages, all abilities and have no barriers. Our programs are designed to enable and support people as they tell their own stories, discover new things about themselves and connect on a deeper level to their personal history.
The Book Incubator offers programs that enable people to tell their stories through different mediums. In today's product driven world, at The Book Incubator™ , we take a step back and focus on the importance of the process and the impact on the individual. Through interaction, discussion, playfulness and carefully constructed guidelines, our small group workshops help people to find their voice as they craft and tell their stories in an authentic manner.
Our programs are empowering tools for self expression that encourage positive outcomes for all participants regardless of any perceived boundaries. They are fun, challenging, and achievable. Creativity is an innate part of being human. Across the world people access their creativity from the time they are babies by engaging in music, dance, drawing and storytelling. All too often these creative skills are diminished as we grow into adults - we often develop a false belief that specialised artistic skills are required to create meaningful pieces of creative art - and we stop creating. At the Book Incubator we gently confront this sense of inadequacy with adults as we encourage and support the creative self expression of all participants in our workshops. The creation of personal narratives touches both the creator and the reader very deeply.
The author has an opportunity to be listened to and have their voice heard through their story telling - a highly charged achievement for anyone. The reader is often moved to reflect on their own life experiences, treat others with greater compassion and see the joy in the little things that life has to offer. The sharing of stories has the capacity to make a real difference in the world whether the stories are published online or in print.
Our community workshops are custom designed for specific community organisations. We work with people of all ages. We have worked with people who have suffered the effects of trauma, sexual and domestic abuse, dementia and grief, young mums, people wanting to tell their birth stories, youth groups, the elderly, carers of children with disabilities, children and adults with disabilities. Our scope is broad and our workshops are customised to meet the best outcomes for your community group.
Based in Western Australia our team loves to travel and our programs can be run anywhere in the world. Please feel free to contact Kate directly to discuss the possibilities.
Photo Credit: Shannon Verhagen, Bunbury Herald
By sharing the stories of our everyday lives,
to each other
and to our communities.
~Kate Heaslip 2013 ~
Social storytelling through photography
The No Fixed Address Project
Homelessness in the South West
Bunbury Regional Art Galleries
2020 West Australian Women's Hall of Fame