Life's untold stories

Sue Filson (left) and Di Forster (third left) with budding writers Olive Worth, Betty Bailey and Yvonne Snowdon
Sue Filson (left) and Di Forster (third left) with budding writers Olive Worth, Betty Bailey and Yvonne Snowdon

Six Stroud area residents participated in Great Lakes Council’s “Storytelling in the Great Lakes” exhibition.

The project was to encourage older residents to tell a story – their story – through painting, drawing or creative writing.

Members of the Stroud Writers were asked to help organise the project which is now on exhibition at Stroud Library.

Sue Filson said Di Forster and a few other writers read out short stories they had written at a gathering at the library just prior to Christmas.

“The whole idea is to tell a story of your life,” Mrs Filson said.

“It wasn’t to be too lengthy, it had to be less than 500 words, ideally about an incident or something that you remember happening.

“It’s important to get these stories out there, to let people know what happened years ago.”

Some of the residents involved didn’t want to write down their stories so Di Forster took notes and put some of the stories together.

“Some were translated on the day, others took a bit longer,” Di said.

“This all happened right before Christmas and the New Year and we didn’t have a lot of time to do a great deal, but we are happy with the end result.”

Mrs Filson said the group has received good feedback throughout the council area and are hoping they might all be compiled in a book.

Participants were Aileen McBride, Betty Bailey, Andy Lang, Margaret Lang, Yvonne Snowdon and Olive Worth.

The project, funded by NSW Department of Family and Community Services and administered by Local Government NSW, is part of the Creative Ageing program.

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