Oct 8, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Backstories is a multi-sited storytelling festival located in the suburbs of Western Australia. Spend a lazy afternoon with friends and family in the comfort of your neighbour’s backyard to listen to two trained storytellers. Pack a picnic, bring something to sit on, and put your mingling hat on – it’s going to be a rippa arvo!
Featuring storytellers Nobuo Hara, Sandi Parsons, and Randa Khamis, with music by Kobi Morrison, and facilitated by Luisa Mitchell.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring your own snacks, drinks, or a picnic dinner. Please make sure you bring a picnic rug or a lawn chair to sit on as seating is not provided.
A NOTE ON ATTENDANCE
The exact location of this event will be emailed to ticket holders on Thursday 6 October. Please check your junk mail as our emails often find their way into spam/junk.
Backstories is located in residential backyards so we cannot guarantee that all backyards will meet your access needs. We would like to make Backstories accessible to as many people as possible and encourage you to get in touch by phone or email to discuss your access needs. If you require an Auslan interpreter, please contact us by Friday 30 September on (08) 9328 1443 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who can afford it, pay-what-you-feel ticketing is available starting at $10.00. Ticket sales mean that we can pay the storytellers, musicians, and other artists who make our Backstories festival possible.
Companion card holders are welcome, please contact us on (08) 9328 1443 or at email@example.com to organise this.
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can contact us to arrange entry at no charge on (08) 9328 1443 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Backstories would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, City of Bayswater, City of Stirling, City of Fremantle, Town of Victoria Park, and Centre for Stories Founders Circle.
Follow Backstories on Instagram @backstoriesperth.
Nobuo HaraExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Nobuo Hara grew up in Japan to a hearing family; Nobuo himself is Deaf. Growing up Deaf, Nobuo experienced significant disadvantage though his peers, educators, and teachers not understanding Deafness or the importance of sign language. Nobuo moved to Australia and has worked with Access Plus for over 12 years. Nobuo is living with his partner and is actively involved in the community, including being on a local rugby team and participating in initiatives with local and Deaf/HoH artists. Nobuo's story is about his experiences.
Sandi ParsonsExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Sandi Parsons lives and breathes stories, as a reader, writer and storyteller. She is passionate about engaging readers and diversity in storytelling. Sandi’s creative nonfiction has been published in MiNDFOOD and Frankie. She is a contributor in the Growing Up Disabled in Australia Anthology. Sandi lives in WA with her favourite husband, some problem puppies and many teetering stacks of books.
Randa KhamisExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Randa is a singer and songwriter who learned English as a second language growing up in Perth. She has an Arts degree from Murdoch University, became a music journalist, lived in London as a session singer, released three albums, and worked as a music lecturer. She is now pursuing creative writing for pleasure and is inspired by people’s stories and the history of her Palestinian heritage. Her story is about re-finding her roots.
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