Backstories is a multi-sited storytelling festival located in backyards across Perth and regional Western Australia. In 2021, Backstories featured locations in Margaret River, South Fremantle, Midland, Quinns Rocks and more.
Backstories 2021 was made possible with funding from Lotterywest, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and the Centre for Stories Founders Circle.
This story was collected at our Hamersley backyard. It features Kosta Lucas, recalling one of the lowest points in his life during which he found himself in a health retreat. Kosta connects this experience to the work he does now as a writer, researcher and educator in countering extremism.
Content warning: This story contains theme of cultism.