Side Walks 2021

Be Still My Beating Heart – Sandi Parsons

Sandi had always kept her biological father at arm's length. As she grew older, their relationship changed.

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.

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 At Side Walks, Sandi shared her story at Be Still My Beating Heart, a live storytelling event featuring stories about love – but not the typical kind. Her story is about the complexity of her relationship with her biological father, and how it changed over the years.

Copyright © 2021 Sandi Parsons.

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