Centre for Stories

Be Still My Beating Heart – Nobuo Hara

Growing up, Nobuo Hara had a passion for playing sport. It wasn't until years later that he finally had the opportunity to fulfil his dream. This story is told through Auslan with interpreting in English.

Side Walks is an annual pop-up storytelling, ideas and literature festival held in venues across Perth and Northbridge.Side Walks is an annual pop-up storytelling, ideas and literature festival run by Centre for Stories. In unique venues across Perth and Northbridge, Side Walks is a curated whirlwind of talks, performances and readings with a special emphasis on homegrown talent. Side Walks was made possible in 2021 with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Centre for Stories Founders Circle, Rayner Real Estate, and Aspen Corporate Financial Planning. Thanks also to our in-kind venue partners, Randal Humich, North Metropolitan TAFE, and St George’s Cathedral.

Nobuo Hara identifies as deaf, gay and Japanese. He has lived in Perth with his partner for the past 11 years. They enjoy sharing each other’s cultures and learning together day by day. Nobuo is an Auslan and Training Team Leader at Access Plus WA Deaf. At Side Walks, Nobuo shared his story at Be Still My Beating Heart, a live storytelling event featuring stories about love – but not the typical kind. His story is about finding connection through sport, and the challenges he faced before making it onto the field.

Thank you to Christy Filipich for interpreting.

 Copyright © 2021 Nobuo Hara.

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