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Backstories – Southern River (RSVPs full!)

Saturday March 14, 2020
18:00 - 20:00
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Backstories is a one day multi-sited storytelling festival located in the suburbs of Perth. Reaching from Falcon to Carramar, Backstories provides new opportunities for storytellers to share stories in local backyards.

Bring a picnic and a blanket, hear from two storytellers, and meet new members of your community—all in your local area of Southern River!

Featuring local storytellers Shenali Perera and Zenatalla Ibrahim, facilitated by Alexander Te Pohe.

Please note that although this is a FREE event RSVP is essential. The exact location of this event will be emailed to ticket holders on Monday 9 March.

This project is kindly funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Healthway and Act-Belong-Commit.

Follow Backstories on Instagram @backstoriesperth



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Alexander Te Pohe

Alexander Te Pohe is a Māori writer, poet, cat-lover, dog-lover, and vampire enthusiast. Alexander made his mark at the Centre for Stories when he joined the Inclusion Matters Hot Desk Fellowship in 2019.

Shenali Perera

Shenali Perera is a creative writer, storyteller, artist, boxer and backyard comedian (her family would tell you). Born in Sri Lanka, Shenali grew up in the suburbs of Gosnells and Southern River, and remembers a time when her life in Australia stretched only as far as the Carousel Shopping Centre and Gosnells Library. Currently studying her Masters in Human Rights, Shenali is passionate about intercultural dialogue and connecting all the vibrant communities around her to each other. 

Zenatalla Ibrahim

Zenatalla Ibrahim is a recent dentistry graduate from the University of Western Australia. She’s particularly passionate about accessible dentistry, rural healthcare and providing services to those in need. Zenatalla is deeply entrenched in many areas, including her social justice and advocacy work, and is heavily involved with the student guild at her university, in particular their Access Department which assists and represents students with chronic physical and mental illnesses and/or disabilities. Zenatalla is well known for using her voice to speak on intersectional feminist issues, featuring in TEDxPerth 2018, discussing the empowerment of the modern Muslim woman. When she isn’t studying or fixing teeth, she’s creating - an avid visual artist and poet drawing strength from raw vulnerability and connection. A regular attendee and feature poet for spoken word Perth, her poetry often explores social inequity, political issues, mental health and identity. Nuances and imagery are all well and good but when it comes to powerful truths, that’s all from the chest. Follow Zenatalla on Instagram: @thesundriedapricot

This event is located in the suburb of Southern River (6110).

Exact location of backyard will be emailed to ticket holders before the event.

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