Welcome author Rosemary Sayer to my blog, to Margaret River and to the festival.
Rosemary Sayer is a former journalist, a business communications consultant and the biographer of Sir Gordon Wu, chairman of Hopewell Holdings, Hong Kong (The Man who Turned the Lights On) and Trevor Eastwood, former chairman and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited (The CEO, the Chairman and the Board). She teaches professional writing at Curtin University and is a board member of not-for-profit organisations supporting refugees (Edmund Rice Centre) and the arts (writingWA) in Western Australia. She has worked extensively throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region, and currently lives in Perth with her husband, Terry Grose
Rosemary’s shares her journey of writing More to the Story in her session – Searching For a Home Friday 3rd of June 1.50-2.40pm. I caught up with Rosemary during the week and this is what she had to say about this life changing writing experience:
Searching for Home – Rosemary Sayer at the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival
Australia has a proud multicultural heritage and is greatly enriched by refugees from around the world so I am really looking forward to a discussion with Will Yeoman, Literary Editor at the West Australian about my recent book More to the story –conversations with refugees. It’s a chance for me to share the inspiring stories of refugees from Burma, Afghanistan and South Sudan who have made Western Australia home.
As the negative and de-humanising comments about refugees in some parts of our media and by politicians continues, I hope our discussion will give people a better insight into the life of a person from a refugee background living in Australia. I spent nearly three years researching and writing the book, even spending time in a refugee camp on the Thai Burmese border. I know Will is also keen to explore my own journey in writing this book which combines history, commentary and personal memoir alongside deeply moving interviews and conversations. It has been a life changing experience for me which I hope people will find interesting.
Publishing details: More to the story-conversations with refugees is published by Margaret River Press www.margaretriverpress.com RRP $27.95.