How I work
Here are a few different examples of life stories I’ve helped create
2019: Therese and I recorded her fascinating story of growing up in country Victoria, the eldest in a very large family. 20 pages with 15 additional pages of photos and precious documentary records.
2018: I met with with Ron. He wrote his own story after an initial encouraging meeting. Personal and social history intersect in his memories of change in the computer industry. 40 pages in B5 format.
2018: I worked by phone with Judith, who lives interstate. She wrote the story of an elderly aunt’s singular life with a view to having the material for the family and for a eulogy later. 8 pages with additional documentary material.
2017: I joined Vona at work and took down her story as she organised her shop. She’s an exceptional Preston volunteer whose stories remember cinema, housing, shops, and fundraising over 65 years. 10 pages.
2011: I worked with residents at Richmond Housing Estate as part of a citizens’ jury funded by Collingwood Neighbourhood Justice Centre. Over 20 people from many different cultures created humane and heart-rending testimony about the effect of public drug use on their lives. 15 pages of stories and fragments.
1999: With residents of Karuna Nursing Home in NSW, held a ‘Water Conversation‘ in each person contributed a wonderful life story or two, stimulated by artworks on loan from the Lismore Regional Gallery, on the theme of water. 15 pages of brief stories and fragments. (part of my doctoral study).
1998: I helped Bonnie to create a book of poetry, ‘Prepare to Share’ about her experience of caring for her husband with Alzheimers. DL sized small book.
In a short time Annie was able to gather some fabulous untold stories before my partner died of a terminal illness. I wish they had started the process earlier.
Annie made a unique contribution to family and professional carers and clients through eliciting and recording stories in two projects ‘You have to laugh but you also have to cry’ and ‘Former Bowlers Included’ (FBI).
It really does help to have accountability and commitment to get on with the job and have professional input to the process. Thanks Annie.
I feel that a story can open up wonderful doorways through which people may wander at will, and that the tears, laughter and food have all combined to make the group (and us) want to share memories at the library.