Living Library breathes life into stories

A man wakes up to the sound of birds, not bombs, after escaping civil war in his homeland of northern Iraq. A former ice addict shares her rollercoaster ride to happiness, while a parent with a transgender child tells her story of love and strength.

These were just some of the fascinating stories of resilience and courage that were shared at the “Living Library” event on Tuesday 5 September at TAFE NSW Wollongong.

Now in its eighth year, the “Living Library” is borrowing a book with a twist. Students and community members journeyed through living experiences to hear real stories of courage, overcoming adversity, drug addiction, roads to recovery, and negotiating cultural differences.

The event, showcased a variety of inspiring and courageous people, planned and managed by TAFE NSW Diploma of Community Services students. The event was open to the public and provided an opportunity to connect and strengthen local communities through social interaction.

The event is a partnership with TAFE NSW Wollongong Library, Diploma of Community Services students, Wollongong City Council Living Library program and the Illawarra TAFE Student Association (ITSA).