Black, no sugar

…a series of dark stories by Carole Kelly.

Help us raise the budget to engage voice-over talent and an audio engineer, and commission a composer / musician for a Black, no sugar’ title track. Read about our funding campaign here.

ACF Boost Submission

This is the submission we made to the ACF for their 2024 Boost programme.. which they accepted!
Current Brief Project Description

‘Black, no sugar’ is a series of dark stories by Carole Kelly. Each will be published individually in text & via podcast. Works will then be combined as anthologies via text & audiobook.

Current Project Description

“Black, no sugar” is a captivating project featuring a collection of intricately crafted, darkly themed and occasionally confronting short stories by Carole Kelly. This venture aims to publish the first series in text, in hard and digital forms, and aurally via podcast and audiobook, which will be produced by Bryan Cutts. Each story explores diverse, thought-provoking themes that resonate with readers seeking depth and complexity in storytelling. The fusion of Carole’s writing with narration promises an engaging experience for audiences across multiple platforms. Funds raised will facilitate production, publication and distribution of the first series. Writing of the first series of six stories is completed; audio recording will commence June, & publication via text & podcast of each work individually will be completed by the end of 2024. All works will then be combined for release as an anthology in both text & as an audiobook in early 2025.

“Black, no sugar” delves into the intricacies of dark storytelling & pushes the boundaries of conventional narrative. Carole’s profound stories, coupled with compelling narration under Bryan’s direction & production, create a unique artistic expression worthy of your support. This project offers diverse, thought-provoking content that challenges & captivates readers. Some of Carole’s stories tackle confronting themes that are often brushed under the carpet by society; others purely fantasy, offering re-imaginings of familiar themes & mythologies. Supporting “Black, no sugar” means contributing to the creation of high-spec publications, employment of Australian talent & fostering cultural growth. Contributions will ensure this fusion of literature & audio reaches as broad an audience as possible. Donors supporting this project champion creativity, contribute to cultural diversity, & enable the production of a series that promises to add to the rich Australian storytelling landscape.

Your support will contribute to high value production, title graphic design, a title score, publication, & distribution of each story in the first “Black, no sugar” series on multiple platforms, ensuring accessibility via both physical & digital formats. Each story is a project in its own right, with its own identity and feel, which will be enriched by the evocative narration of Australian voice actors. The result will be a collection of six expertly crafted short stories, accompanied by audio narration, each one released on completion, further enriching Australian literature & offering a unique storytelling experience. For more details & updates, champions of this project can find information on its progress & development on the website

Artform Area
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

literature, storytelling, audiobooks, short stories,

Budget and Other Details
  • Total Income $10,000
  • Income Generated from Project $5,000
  • Applicant Contribution $0
  • Grants Received $0
  • Sponsorship and Support $0
  • Donations through ACF $5,000
  • Donations - Other $0
  • Total Expenditure $10,000
  • Project and Production Costs $5,000
  • Marketing and Promotion Costs $1,500
  • Administration $500
  • Salaries, Fees and Allowances $3,000
  • Logistical and Travel Costs $0
  • Donations Start Date 28/03/2024
  • Donations End Date 30/06/2024
  • Project Start Date 01/07/2024
  • Project End Date 31/12/2024
  • Project Location NSW
Fundraising Strategy

I envisage that I will need to deploy several channels to secure funding, namely:

Achieving this will require raising and maintaining a constant profile via media PR including engagement with local radio and papers, social and email campaigns, personal contacts, and development of new relationships.

Secondary Strategy

Should the fundraising be unsuccessful, the project will proceed at a slower pace; with narration of the initial series of stories by Bryan only. This will ensure that at least some of the stories will be made available to the public, which will build traction and allow the development of the second series and beyond.

Official Partners


Optimized by Optimole

Our goal  is to claim $5000 in matched funding which is on offer by the ACF to the ‘Black, no sugar’ project. To secure that funding, we need to raise $5000 in donations.

We have until midnight on 30th June 2024 to raise $5000


We have raised:

3% / $125