‘What’s Your Story?’ Join us for the South Australia History Festival 2018

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Storytelling and afternoon tea in beautiful (and warm) surroundings – just perfect for a relaxed Autumn Saturday afternoon!

Last year the Bookshop hosted it’s first History Festival talk. And following the popularity of Dr Jeff Nicholas’ presentation of ‘Behind the Streets of Adelaide’ informed by his impressive boxed set, Behind the Streets of Adelaide*; the Bookshop is returning to the lovely Unitarian Hall (with it’s own interesting history) in Norwood on Saturday (May 26th), to host another accessible writer’s talk for the South Australia History Festival.

But this year we have not just one, not two, but three local guest speakers using their personal writing experience to demonstrate a range of approaches to recording your own family history; touching on practical options for research, writing, editing, and self-publishing. Discover how you too might enter the history writing game while being entertained by fascinating local history and engaging personal recollections…. Or just come for the stories.

So why not join us on Saturday from 2pm at 99 Osmond Terrace, Norwood? Entry by gold coin donation to OXFAM Australia. Followed by a complimentary afternoon tea.

Our Guest Speakers:

Peter Mitchell: 

Peter has written and self-published an engaging and fondly wry memoir about growing up in the western suburbs of Adelaide intriguingly titled An Adelaide Story: Ten Cars, A Couple of Pushbikes, A Flaming Scooter, and a Jet or Two, 1950-77. Motivated to record these recollections for his children and grandchildren, Peter has also found many of his contemporaries enjoying his writing which bring back to life their own experiences of life and memories of Adelaide’s momentous events and everyday rituals. Making the most of his research and own recollections, Peter has since used the material collated for his memoir to create the Adelaide setting of two ‘period’ murder mysteries. Move over Doctor Blake.

Kym Pennifold:

Retiring from a career in accountancy, Kym is now an active member of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society and has written a beautiful family history of the Pennifolds. Titled, The Pennifolds at Largs, his personal project started life as a small booklet but with research trips interstate and overseas has developed into a family history account stretching back 300 years. Kym’s presentation comes highly recommended. Also learn about the valuable services the SA Genealogy and Heraldry Society offers to those researching family histories.

Dr Geoffrey Bishop: 

While continuing to work in the field of natural resource management, history has been a serious long-term hobby for Geoffrey. In addition to extensively researching the history of his own family of orchardists at Basket Range, he has written a history of the Oenology Course at Roseworthy Agricultural College and formal family histories of iconic South Australian viticulturist and agricultural families of SA, including the Angoves, Tolleys, Taylors, Normans, and Hamiltons.

Geoffrey is currently writing a history of Marble Hill, the 125 years of Chateau Tanunda Winery, Seymour College, and the 50 year history of Clayton Homes. He is also active in local historical societies and has been president of The Historical Society of South Australia. With such a wealth of experience, don’t miss the chance to pick Geoffrey’s brain for tips about historical research and writing.

We sincerely thank our featured speakers for generously volunteering their time.


History Festival Program:  https://historyfestival.sa.gov.au/content/whats-your-story-introductory-how-guide

Bookshop Facebook ‘What’s Your Story?’ Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1789035117815512/

*To purchase Jeff Nicholas’ three volume boxed set:  http://torrenspress.com/product/streets-of-adelaide/

The Oxfam Second Hand Bookshop proudly supports the work of OXFAM Australia.


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