Yamba resident, Noel Charles is one of 100 authors featured in the latest edition of Seniors’ Stories, a much loved publication that includes inspiring short stories written by seniors from all walks of life, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.
Seniors Stories Volume 4 was launched at Parliament House recently by the Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies.
“Earlier last week I called into to congratulate Mr Charles on his short story “A New Beginning” being selected to appear in the publication and he was very excited.
“Before coming to Yamba, Noel served on Botany Bay Council for 27 years both as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor.
“His story tells how a brush with a heart attack gave him a new direction in life.
“Noel always enjoyed writing, in particular poetry, so he took up a course to improve his skills and set out to have one of his pieces published.
“He hit the jackpot with a story about an old man in a shack at Byron Bay called the ‘Patient One’ that was published in the American International Library of Poetry.
“Noel tells me he’s written 107 poems with 14 of them being published, including his latest in Seniors Stories. He also shares his poems with others at local seniors’ events, Toastmasters and the like.
“I think it’s terrific to give older people the opportunity to share their stories with others and I congratulate Noel on his latest achievement.
“Society can benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of our seniors and this book allows older people to pass on their stories to younger generations to enjoy as well,” Mr Gulaptis said.
A copy of Seniors Stories Volume 4 can be found at all local libraries across NSW from December or downloaded from www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au