Making missing people, Unmissable

Too Short Stories (the precursor)Too Short Stories cover

Sadly, all many people get to know about the 100 Australians reported missing every day are their vital statistics.

We wanted to give families the chance to share more about them in an effort to engage the public and reignite the search. In 2016, nine families were paired with acclaimed authors and artists who generously donated their time and talent to write short stories about and create original artworks for their missing loved ones. Excerpts from the stories were incorporated into the artworks and installed in the locations where they were last seen.

In 2017, based on the response, the full stories (along with the artworks) were published in a beautifully designed hardcover book that was stocked in a number of renowned bookstores across Australia. Grab yourself a copy here, so that we can continue to humanise missing people and continue their unfinished stories.

The Unmissables

With tremendous support and encouragement from the families, authors and artists involved, the second phase of the project launched in 2017. Writers interviewed families and created 100-word micro-stories that captured the essence of the missing loved one. Once approved, they were then shared with artists who designed, painted and installed artworks (murals, sketches, digital illustrations) across the country.

Watch the video below and register to be involved as either a family, artist, writer or wall owner at

Unmissable Coffee Cups

Nick's cupThe latest phase of this initiative is a modern take on the old milk carton campaigns; coffee cups.

For National Missing Persons Week 2018, 20 of Melbourne’s top cafes distributed biodegradable cups to help us bring this issue into the mainstream.

The cups featured the Unmissable artworks of six long term missing loved ones — Owen Redman, Nicola Sallese, Bung Siriboon, Naz Woldemicheal, Nick Veljanovski and Warren Meyer.

Get in touch if you’d like to stock some at your business.


Australian media coverage

Art shines light on plight of missing bushwalker Warren MeyerWarren's family

“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.”

Help us find my dad

“Dad’s story is too short, and there needs to be more.”

Spotlight on missing persons

“Too Short Stories personalises these cases, and Nicola's sonreminds the public that their support and awareness is critical.”

Royal National Park missing man Nick Veljanovski subject of Too Short Stories campaign

“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.”

National campaign highlights the mystery cases of eight disappearances through stories and artworks

“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.”

Boronia schoolgirl Siriyakorn ‘Bung’ Siriboon features in Too Short StoriesBung's stepdad

“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.”

Missing Persons Week: Families in desperate search for missing loved ones who vanished into thin air

“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.”

No new leads on state’s missing

The family of Nicola Sallese, aged 69 at the time of his disappearance in 2008, has launched a new effort to find him.Sevak's family

International media coverage

MPAN Launches Too Short Stories Via Grey Melbourne

“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.”

MPAN launches Too Short Stories during National Missing Persons Week via Grey Melbourne

“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 tells the stories of missing people in outdoor campaign

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.

Grey Melbourne’s Too Short Stories reimagine the missing persons poster

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.

Too Short Stories campaign shines spotlight on long term missing persons

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).

Paul     Owen     Bung     Warren     Nicola     Sevak     Nick