Too Short Stories
Sadly, all many people know about the 100 Australians reported missing every day are their vital statistics.
In 2016, MPAN partnered with Grey Australia to give families of missing Australians the chance to share more about them. Nine families were paired with acclaimed authors, who each wrote a short story about their missing loved ones. Different artists then created original artworks for each of the nine long term missing, which were installed in the locations where they were last seen.
Some examples of the illustrations and story excerpts can be seen below. The full stories with the illustrations are being published in a beautifully designed hardcover book. Please consider purchasing a copy so that we can continue to humanise missing people and continue their unfinished stories.
MPAN extends its deepest gratitude to the families that participated in this project, the fantastic authors and artists who donated their time and talent, and Grey Australia for making it all happen.
Australian media coverage
“We continue to struggle to cope with the loss of our husband and father — we want answers, but we need public awareness and assistance to be able to get them.”
“Dad’s story is too short, and there needs to be more.”
“This is about telling the stories beyond their missing person status, and telling the public they are real people, with families that need all the help them can get to find them.”
“The book is about raising awareness of the number of people affected when someone goes missing and to improve the support network for those families.”
“This is about reminding the public that (Bung) is not just a schoolgirl that went missing, she is a young girl that had hobbies and interests and belonged to a family that adored her.”
“He had a large appreciation of the more important things in life, like the environment and animals and I think he was a bit of an old soul in how he looked at the world.”
International media coverage
“A member of the public has already come to us with information, prompted by seeing one of the stories in her neighbourhood. Who knows where it will lead, but being aware this initiative is making that kind of impact is incredible.”
“100 people are reported missing in Australia every day. Their lives, and those of the people left behind who care about them, have been put on hold – their stories cut short.”
Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) is telling the stories of missing people in a new out-of-home campaign to remind the public about the people behind the statistics to mark National Missing Persons Week.
What if writers and artists got together with the families of missing Australians to give the public a picture of the real people behind the vital statistics.
Recordings and radio ads
Emotive readings by the authors of each story, as well as actor Sibylla Budd, also played on radio during Missing Persons Week (embedded below).