The second instalment of W&T's true storytelling event - Life Stories Cafe - was themed 'Time.' Poet Dorothea Smartt emceed. The evening kicked off with storyteller, photographer and blogger Julie Kertesz illustrating through images and words how the past, when viewed through the lens of experience and the present, can seem distorted - sometimes moving slowly, sometimes in a flash. She recounted the lessons of her childhood learned from her father, how these influenced her later on in life, and recollected vignettes of her life in Paris. Julie's humorous recounting had the room in stitches :)This was followed by a moving reading by poet-performer Andra Simons, who shared the events and people that had shaped his life. Filmmaker and proprietor of Shortwave independent cinema, Rob Wray, spoke of his experience doing time and of the events that led to him being a wanted man. Photographer Reen Pilkington allowed her beautiful images to do the 'talking' , narrating the 20 images she showed with short powerful prose; illustrating the ravages of time on the body
as she deals with illness. Poet Jane Liddell-King spoke about a Holocaust survivor named Alice who asks 'why should I die?' when the world still has much to offer despite her many struggles and challenges.
For those interested in sharing at the next session in June - it's simple: 20 slides of images, 10 minutes on the chosen theme. But as the title of the event suggests - Life Stories Cafe - it must be true and it must have at its core a life story. So if you'd like to be among the selected candidates, please get in touch with Shivaun.