About Us

The Story is a magazine about storytelling. Written for those curious about the narratives that shape our world, it deconstructs great texts to see how they work, interviews professional storytellers to learn about their craft, and wrestles with the big issues facing the media and literary worlds today.

The Story is published by Fireside, a Melbourne communications agency that uses storytelling to help those doing good in the world.

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Chris Harrigan

Chris is the former editor of Smith Journal and a freelance writer whose work has been published everywhere from frankie to Junkee to (if you include his tweets) Buzzfeed and New York Magazine. He helped found The Story in 2021.

When he's not editing this magazine he can be found at Fireside, working with not-for-profits and for-purpose organisations to produce custom publications and editorial campaigns.

For tips on writing nonfiction, he recommends John McPhee's Draft No. 4. For books that are, in the year 2024, probably a bit too played out to recommend but which are nevertheless still good, he suggests The White Album by Joan Didion.


Ben Hart

Ben is the founder of Fireside, a communications agency that helps for-purpose organisations tell their stories and create positive change. Before heading up his own agency, Ben worked in politics, advising leaders across all three tiers of government, and as a journalist, writing for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian and producing radio for ABC 774 and Radio National.

Storytelling is Ben's stock-in-trade. After being named Young Journalist of the Year at the 2000 Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards, Ben came to see the potential of stories to change people's minds and explain the world. That's why he founded The Story, to help others understand the power of narrative to create change in business, politics and beyond.

Contact us

Got a story to tell? An article to pitch? Just want to say hi? Hit us up at hello@thestory.au


Design and development

Michael Precel

Additional Development

Studio Buster

The Story is funded by—but editorially independent of—Fireside, a communications agency for those doing good in the world.

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