Roaring Nineties

Roaring Nineties is a series of stories from our elders collected throughout 2018. This collection of stories features the memories of yesteryear; accounts of war, racism, technological triumph, assimilation, and social change. These storytellers have lived long lives, and plan to live many more. Experience makes us wise and we should take time to listen.

Azra Hodgkinson is a 91-year-old Pakistani woman from Lahore. She reflects on the many changes in her life, many of which were out of her hands. Azra is a charitable woman and continues to live surrounded by loving family.
Michael Tsolakis is 97. He shares the story of coming from Greece to Australia in 1938, and the outpouring love from his mother and community that got him there.
Vern Gooch is a survivor of the Holocaust. He and his immediate family were lucky enough to flee Germany and seek refuge in Australia. Vern shares his memories of growing up in Australia.
Lois Griffiths shares her memories of the Second World War, the devastation it caused, and life thereafter. At just shy of 95, her memories of her early life in South Perth are as fresh as ever.
Doug Sedgwick shares his memories of Perth and Subiaco in the old days. He reflects on his life: the destructive reality of war, technological advances that changed the world, and his own experiences with love and loss.
Cartoon image of a desk. On the desk is a large Macintosh computer, a lamp, a pair of headphones connected to a mobile phone, a Rubik's Cube, a pair of black reading glasses, a notebook and pen, a vintage camera, two books, and a lamp.
Nov
12
Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your writing? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Book Online
Cartoon image of two hands writing a letter.
Oct
7
A letter writing night on the first Monday of each month brought to you by PEN Perth. Book Online
Cartoon image of two hands writing a letter.
Jul
1
A letter writing night on the first Monday of each month brought to you by PEN Perth. Book Online
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Jun
18
Using short writing exercises and direct instruction, this three-hour workshop will cover four steps: how to motivate students to think and write creatively; getting started; developing and concluding a story; and how to edit. Book Online
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