The premise is simple - 20 images and 10 minutes - to tell your true story according to the event's theme (Life Stories Cafe is a quarterly event). This quarter, the theme was 'Recycle.' Four brave souls stepped up to share - educator Jane Trowell, haiku poet Nigel Young, artist Kinsi Abdulleh and writer Karen McCarthy Woolf. With such a mixed bag of participants, the evening was full of surprises and interesting takes on the theme. The next session is scheduled for 7 October 2011, so don't miss it :)
W&T's first true storytelling session - Life Stories Cafe - kicked off with poets and authors Dorothea Smartt, Helen Sandler and Cath Kane. Unfortunately, due to adverse weather, resulting in planes being grounded and some trains not running, guest speakers Marcus Reeves and Jane Liddell-King were unable to attend. Nevertheless, those who attended spoke about a truly inspiring and moving evening, and though the topic was fairly serious - 'Ancestors' - our guest speakers spoke with humour and warmth, illiciting some belly-aching laughter. We hope that next year, when Life Stories Cafe becomes a regular feature, we will many more opportunities to laugh, share and be moved.