Abe Nouk was illiterate when he arrived in Australia from Sudan with his family in 2004, but he had the resolve to learn to read and write. Abe has since been storytelling through spoken word performances, poetry and music to share his experiences as a refugee.
Storytelling is more important than ever. Empathy and understanding are the antitheses of hate and ignorance and I believe that sharing our personal experiences contributes to a more peaceful world.
Abe is not only an author and accomplished spoken word artist himself, he is now helping others build up their own storytelling skills as Founder of Creative Rebellion Youth (C-R-Y). C-R-Y is a creative space for guiding and mentoring young and emerging musicians, writers, spoken word artists and filmmakers.
Like so many others, you may be inspired to start tidying up around your home after watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, and that’s great. It’s a win for minimalism – yay! However, once you’re done thanking your items that no longer spark joy, I implore you to please think about three things before you simply throw them ‘away’.
You can make sure that your old joyless things will bring new joy to someone else. Read on for ideas on how you can maximise the benefit of donating your pre-loved items without putting charity shops under pressure. Somebody you will probably never meet will be grateful that you did.
Carly Findlay is a writer, speaker, appearance activist and now author, as her memoir Say Hello hits bookshelves. Carly writes about her skin condition, Ichthyosis on her popular blog as well as various issues around accessibility and discrimination.
In this interview, Carly shares what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance and provides advice and links to helpful resources on how we can all fight discrimination.