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 Gooseberry Hill backyard. It features Mikaela Castledine as she sympathises with her friends in the eastern states who, last year, had to evacuate their homes due to devastating bushfires. Mikaela ruminates on the things she would take were she having to evacuate her home, and connects this to her mother’s experience of having to evacuate her home in Burma on Christmas Day, 1941.