BUSH LEMONS – STORIES OF RESILIENCE
Dear Bush Lemons family,
I am very proud to announce that we are initiating a Bush Lemon’s Stories of Resilience Project. Today, being the day of the 40th Mardi Gras parade, seems an auspicious day to kick this off.
Over the many years of bushwalking with Lemons, I have heard women talk about their lives – some have just been glimpses or snippets – but it has made me realise how powerful and moving our stories are.
We are seeking real stories of how you have come through difficult times in life and become stronger – stories to encourage and inspire other women of all ages. Your story: it could be about any aspect of your life. It may be a tale of survival. It could deal with a challenge that you are still going through. What you are learning might inspire others in their own lives.
The stories will be published as a book – a real one with paper and a cover – and we are hoping to publish and launch it before Mardi Gras next year.
Right now you may be thinking ‘My story is not really that important compared with…” or “ I would like to share my story - but writing is not my thing”.
So let’s deal with the first one – your story is important to us. We’d love to hear it. And the second – you could write your own story, be interviewed, have it recorded as a two-way conversation with a friend or record your story to be transcribed. We’ll get you in somehow!
Here are the guidelines for sending in your story:
· You must be a member of Bush Lemons
· Stories must be true
· You can write in your own name, use a pseudonym or write as ‘anonymous’ (but we do need to have your real details on file)
· Write in a Word document, 1500 word maximum, Arial 11 font, double-spaced
· Stories must not be defamatory ie damage the reputation of others (ask us if not clear).
· Email your story or recording to email@example.com by Sunday 6 May 2018
It may be that not all submissions can be included. But don’t be discouraged by that! We will accept as many stories as possible. We want to support you in telling your story.
If you’d like to chat about whether your story would be an inspiring one to tell, if you have any questions or if you wish to assist with this project in any other way, please contact Jocelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let me know if you wish to include your story (or are even just considering it) so we can stay in touch with you.
Women are amazing, and Lesbians even more so.
Thank you.Jocelyn Williams