Funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Healthway, Act-Belong-Commit, the City of Mandurah and the City of Bayswater, Backstories was a one day multi-sited storytelling festival located in the suburbs of Western Australia held on March 14 2020.
According to Saadia Ahmed, in Pakistan a student has three options for their future: to become either a doctor, an engineer, or a disappointment. Saadia was a bright and ambitious student with top grades and little concern for her future. It wasn’t until she entered university that her well-constructed plans came crashing down. She dragged herself through a degree she didn’t love and began working in jobs she felt no passion for. Soon after, she lost confidence in herself, her relationships, and her abilities. Until one day, she picked up a pen and paper. Now living across the globe in Perth, Saadia is empowering others through the pursuit of her own happiness.