June Morgan, Paul Hydes and Raylene Austin from Laurieton Residential Resort are published authors as part of the Seniors Card Project

AUTHORS: Raylene Austin and June Morgan are having stories published in the 2019 Seniors Card Project. PHOTO: Laura Telford.
AUTHORS: Raylene Austin and June Morgan are having stories published in the 2019 Seniors Card Project. PHOTO: Laura Telford.

Three Laurieton seniors have written stories which are getting published as part of the 2019 Seniors Card Project.

The project encourages seniors to share their memories and life events through the written word creating a lasting memory of what they have experienced.

The project has been going for five years and each year the work of 100 seniors are chosen to be published.

Stories written by June Morgan, Paul Hydes and Raylene Austin from Laurieton Residential Resort were picked from 595 entries across the state as part of the 2019 project.

Writers were given the theme of 'love your life' but from there pen and paper was their oyster.

Mrs Austin said she drew inspiration from the past three years of her life to compile her story.

"My story focuses on instances over the last few years where I have made a decision or something has happened that tested me," Mrs Austin said.

"I went to the Maldives at Easter time and sitting on the beach I was surrounded by the beautiful ocean and I just kept thinking how wonderful my life was.

"Before I flew I had the choice of going via Singapore or Sri Lanka and while we were away there were devastating bombings in Sri Lanka, it really made me think about the paths we choose in life."

Mrs Austin said she also drew on her experiences going through breast cancer to write her story about life.

CONGRATULATIONS: June Morgan, Paul Hydes and Raylene Austin are now published authors.

CONGRATULATIONS: June Morgan, Paul Hydes and Raylene Austin are now published authors.

"When we moved to Laurieton three years ago the day we left I got a phone call saying they had found something on a routine scan," she said.

"It turned out I had breast cancer and so I had to go through chemotherapy and radiation as soon as I arrived in town. This was again something we had no idea was coming.

"The project just goes to show that when we go through life no matter the circumstances we never know what is right around the corner."

June Morgan's story was also selected to be part of the published works and she said writing for the competition was a great way to get your life out on paper.

"I wrote about my life at 84 but I think the idea of getting seniors to write about their life is so important," Mrs Morgan said.

"Writing is such a great hobby for older people because you don't have to move around a lot so anyone can do it.

"Writing down our experiences over the years can also be interesting to family members and the community because things change over time."

All the seniors who will be published in the 2019 project have been invited to Parliament House for the official unveiling of the book.

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