Hear from two past contributors...
The 2013 Shared Stories anthology launch held at Xavier College commenced in wonderful form. The feeling of adrenaline rushed through my body as I entered the hall. I was to present a poem that I had written entitled "Society pick up your game" based on the cons of the modern era.
I felt warmed by the heartfelt response to my def poetry form presentation. The theme for the 2013 edition, "Express yourself", allowed all participants to really explore the different elements of their imagination. My experience of writing for the anthology was an experience that I will never forget.
I would be honoured to participate in it once again this year.
Christian Brothers’ College, St Kilda
Over the past four years, I have had the privilege of taking part in the Shared Stories Anthology program at Catholic Regional College North Keilor. Each year, I have created an artwork and an accompanying piece of writing based on a specified theme, which was then published in the Anthology.
The Shared Stories’ Anthology launch is held at a different participating school’s campus each year in term 4. We listen to a guest speaker and every participant’s artwork is displayed. It is a great opportunity to express yourself on a variety of issues to a large number of people, and listen to the ideas of others.
Many participants, including myself, have shared their views on a wide range of matters such as equality, human tragedy and sacrifice as well as determination. Several emotions are portrayed through each artwork and piece of writing. We can laugh, cry or feel inspired to do something about the issue and make a difference in the world. I have thoroughly enjoyed it every year, and I would definitely recommend participating in Shared Stories, especially if you love to draw or write about your views on different issues.
Catholic Regional College North Keilor