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Spend Some Time With a Human Book

Source: Northern Beaches Council
Posted: 27 Nov 2018
Beryl, Rosemary, Robert and George are all human books.

They are among 10 locals who will be on loan at the Cromer Community Centre to participate in the Human Library event on Saturday 1 December (1.30pm to 4pm).

Northern Beaches Council is hosting the special event, Stories of the Northern Beaches – Human Library, which features people going ‘on loan’ to the public for 20 minutes each, to share their stories about overcoming challenges, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination.

The event marks both Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People With Disability.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said visitors or readers to the ‘Human Library’ will have an opportunity to borrow ‘Human Books’ for a conversation.

“Their stories are sure to be captivating and will shed light on how people deal with challenge and adversity – and ultimately prevail.

“We are very grateful these people have agreed to be part of this incredible event. Don’t miss out on their stories,” he said.

Beryl’s tale is one of survival as a boat refugee, dealing with the threat of pirate attacks, fear and hunger on the high seas, only to settle in Sydney’s Cabramatta during the height of the gang and drug wars there. She is now a happy Northern Beaches mum, having worked in several successful corporate jobs.

Rosemary, on the other hand, saw her world in the UK collapse in 2006 and moved to Australia alone, aged 67 and grief stricken. She started a whole new life here, and more than 11 years later, lives by her motto: Never give up!

Be sure to come along and discover Robert and George’s stories.

“The Human Library is sure to be a great place to connect with people in the local community and to have conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue,” Mayor Regan said.

To read more about all the human books on offer, please go to Council’s website.


Human Book Library

Date:
Saturday 1 December 2018

Time:
1.30pm to 4pm

Venue:
Cromer Community Centre, 150 Fisher Rd N, Cromer

Bookings:
Bookings are essential, so please phone 02 9976 1562 to reserve your time.

 
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