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.
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6
Lit Live is great short stories, read by great storytellers. Book Online
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Nov
19
Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic space where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets. Hosted by Siobhan Hodge. Book Online
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Dec
15
This full-day workshop will focus on the craft of writing, self-care, and the literary industry. Book Online
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Nov
5
Join Sean Cowan for this 90-minute tour of Northbridge’s most notorious crime spots of yesteryear. Book Online
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