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Bread & Butter: Leaving Behind Two Africas

Thursday April 25, 2019
18:00 - 20:30
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Bread & Butter is a monthly dinner and storytelling event designed to make you think deeply about social issues. A new storyteller every month will share a personal story with an intimate audience in the dining room at the Centre for Stories. Come along and make new friends, hear a new story, and get to know your community. Compulsory: open ears and an open mind. This month’s storyteller is Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes.

Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes is a writer, researcher and poet from the historic town of Lalibela in Ethiopia. Back home, he was a shepherd, a preacher, a health assistant, a law lecturer and the director of the NGO Afroflag. His diverse experience has seen him care for cattle, perform his poetry to thousands, and help deliver babies. His poetry is published in የተራሮች ጩኸት (The Cry of Mountains), in which he uses his native language of Amharic to reflect on Ethiopia’s history of loss and resilience. In 2017, his short story, ‘When the Sky Looks Like the Belly of a Donkey’ was published in Ways of Being Here, the result of a mentoring project for emerging African-Australian writers run by the Centre for Stories and publishing in collaboration with Margaret River Press. His works have also appeared in Westerly and Stories of Perth.

Yirga’s research at Curtin University focuses on the critical study of development, education and law, and the importance of lived experience and epistemic diversity for decolonial and sustainable futures. He developed the theory “native colonialism” to examine the process whereby a country that was never colonised colonises itself with western institutions and ideals. He researches African experiences and Ethiopian traditions, and writes creatively on belonging and diasporic lives.

On the menu for this evening is home-cooked Ethiopian food.

Mains – Injera with a variety of vegetable and vegan dishes
Injera is a flat fermented sourdough bread with a slightly spongy texture. Served with a range of different vegan and vegetarian dishes.

After – Coffee
The evening will finish with a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, which is considered very important when sharing a meal among friends.

PLEASE NOTE: We always provide a vegetarian option, however it may not always be possible to provide meals for other dietary requirements (e.g. vegan, allergies, gluten free). If you have any questions, please get in touch prior to purchasing tickets: info@centreforstories.com

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Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes

Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes is a writer, researcher and poet from the holy town of Lalibela, Ethiopia. His poetry was published in a book titled Yeteraroch Chuhet, The Cry of Mountains, which uses his native language of Amharic to reflect on Ethiopia’s history of loss and resilience.

Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
Centre for Stories is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen Street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Wheelchair access is provided. Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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