The story of their lives
A BOOK that delves into the lives of Woodgate Beach identities to reveal the backbone of the seaside community will be launched this Saturday.
The Woodgate Files is the work of former journalist and newspaper editor Philip Hobbs, who was seduced by Woodgate while on holidays from New South Wales three years ago.
He quickly discovered there was a wealth of material at Woodgate for a journalist to mine.
“It’s been a revelation to find such an array of rugged individuals – heroic women, and those in the community who aren’t bound by the constraints of convention – and give them voice to tell their stories in their own words,” Mr Hobbs said.
“The desire to write The Woodgate Files was driven by two things: first, that had these stories not been told they would’ve been lost forever, and second, that they were worthy of a wide audience.”
Long-term resident Belle Frizzell features prominently in the book, but still can’t believe it.
“It’s something I never ever thought I’d do... I was shocked when I was asked,” Mrs Frizzell said.
To learn about the life of Woodgate’s identities, grab your copy at Saturday’s launch at the Woodgate Community Hall, from 11am.
BOOK FAME: Belle Frizzell features in the novel ‘TheWoodgate Files’, written by long-tern Woodgate resident Philip Hobbs.