The story of their lives

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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.

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