Community Engagement

Roaring Stories Bookshop is proud to support the following groups in our local community


Roaring Stories is a proud supporter of the Indigenous Literacy Fund (ILF), which is the nominated charity of our business. The ILF is a national not-for-profit charity focussed on improving literacy levels in very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

All proceeds that Roaring Stories generates through various activities in-store, including our gold coin donation gift-wrapping service, are passed on to the ILF.

The ILF is supported by the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, the Australian Society of Authors, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Its team of ambassadors, volunteers and seven full-time staff get no government support or major corporate funding to run their core programs, which give away tens of thousands of new books annually, run literacy projects and organise major fundraising events, including Indigenous Literacy Day. 


Inkling Writing Studio offers fun, imaginative creative writing classes for children ages K-8. Currently, all classes have currently move online due to COVID-19, but in-person classes will resume as soon as is feasible.

These typical classes are comprised of small groups run at various locations: at the Paper, Rock, Scissors Art Studios in Rozelle, as an after-school class at Hunters Hill Primary school during the school term, and through school holiday workshops, usually held at the Hunters Hill RSL hall. Online classes are small, interactive and tailored to the challenges of virtual learning spaces.

Roaring Stories is proud to partner with Inkling in providing up-to-date reading recommendations tailored to the Inkling writing program. These lists are curated by our children’s book expert, Bronwyn Richens.

For class bookings, reading lists and further information, visit the Inkling website.


The Balmain Institute is an independent, incorporated non-profit organisation dedicated to generating informative discussions and fostering real conversations on topical issues both local and international.

It hosts a series of public talks and discussions that aim to be stimulating and intimate with expert speakers across science, arts, health, education, governance, economics and the environment.

The Balmain Institute respects expertise, reasoned argument and creativity.

There are seven talks per year, with a summer (December) and winter (July) recess. For more information, visit the website.