The communities across the Bathurst Electorate can now immerse themselves in 100 treasured real-life stories written by everyday NSW seniors in this year’s Seniors’ Stories Volume 3.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said building wooden Porsches, meeting the Pope, finding and losing love, manning fishing trawlers in a storm, life at age 101, and humorous moments with modern technology were all but a handful of stories now available online and at all public libraries.
“This book will transport you into the lives of our brilliant seniors, offer inspiration, comedic relief, and perhaps even comfort as they bare all and share their real-life experiences,” Mr Toole said.
Lithgow local Yvonne Norris was one of just 100 successful story-writers to be published in the book with her story ‘Tom’, taking up writing as a hobby 12 years ago.
Yvonne said it was a great opportunity and she was thrilled to have her story included in the book.
“It all started about 12 years ago when I went to a journal writing course. I was hooked from that moment,” she said. “Writing stimulates the brain, but sometimes it can drive you crazy too trying to find that right word.
“To see your work actually in print is something special. It makes it all worthwhile.”
This is the second time Yvonne has had a story published in the Seniors Stories with her story ‘It’s called falling’ featured in volume 2.
The chapters of the book correlate with the five priorities of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy 2016-2020: health and wellbeing, working and retiring, housing choices, getting around and inclusive communities.
“This book will not only make you laugh and cry, it will inspire, help build greater connections between young and old in our communities, and encourage older people to stay healthy and socially connected,” Mr Toole said
The highly anticipated non-fiction publication, bursting with 100 original stories, was launched by Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies at Parliament House on Thursday.
“These seniors’ stories are truly extraordinary and we can all learn from the incredible tales of achievement, loss, creativity and connection,” Mrs Davies said.
“The NSW Government is delighted to be able to recognise the talents of seniors in this book. I encourage everyone to download a copy or find it in your nearest library, you will not be disappointed.”
The NSW Government’s Seniors’ Stories Volume 3 will be available at all local libraries across NSW from Wednesday, 18 November 2017, or a copy can be downloaded from www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au.