Hosts: Louise & Jeremy
10.30am (for an 11am start) – 12.30pm
$15 general / $5 concession / members come for free.
This week’s storyteller is Abe Nouk.
When Abe arrived in Australia as a refugee from South Sudan over a decade ago he couldn’t read or write. Now he’s a respected spoken word artist, creative mentor and a community worker, helping refugees and other youngsters to find their feet – and their voice – in Australia.
As a thoughtful and eloquent poet, he’s come to be seen as a voice for the South Sudanese population. “Abe takes our words and brings them out to the wider community”, says Abe’s friend Ez. But his message, about gratefulness and grabbing hold of life, is relevant to a much wider audience. “I didn’t leave a war zone to join the rat race,” he says. "You don't know how lavish this freedom is".
Gratitude is an over-riding theme of his work and life. He describes living in metropolitan Melbourne, enjoying peace and freedom, as akin to a ‘fairytale life’, something not to be taken for granted. “You’ve got to cherish these things for what they’re worth. It’s worth so much, it’s priceless.”
Abe will perform some of his poetry as part of the service.