REAL PEOPLE OF THE GC: TAMARA STONEMAN
SHE’S SURROUNDED BY STORIES IN HER DAY JOB AT NOBBY BEACH BOOKS, BUT THIS ARTIST AND MUSICIAN HAS HER OWN TALE TO TELL
Iwas born in Murwillumbah but moved to Sydney in the 1980s where I ran a cinema. It was the independent Collaroy Cinema, which was owned by TV star Mike Walsh. It was so much fun.
Movie theatres in the ’80s were really different. The film reels were sent in boxes and the projectionist had to change them midway through the movie, there were no computers and I did the books with plain old pen and paper.
It was old-school but it had a lot of big glamour about it. Our biggest film was undoubtedly Three Men
and a Baby. Which is just so funny to think of now. I just can’t imagine a film like that getting the line-ups we did then.
It showed for weeks and weeks and weeks. I can’t stand to watch it now, I saw it way too many times.
My husband and I met on the Gold Coast before we moved to Sydney. We met in 1986 at a gig for The Church. We met at the bar, started talking and the rest is history. We married three years later.
We went and saw The Church again just a few months ago in Brisbane. Their music is timeless and it is so special to share that with my husband.
Dave was actually in a band when I met him, they were called The Double-O’s. They were a surf-punk band that were pretty big in Sydney and Melbourne.
I’m turning 50 at the end of the year and the band are going to reform to play at my party. I’m really looking forward to it – the music, not turning 50.
It’s not that I’m worried about getting older, I just don’t feel that old. It’s a shock to hear that number, even if it has been coming for a while. I feel like I’m still in my 20s, although my eldest daughter is actually 25.Where does time go?
Dave and I have our own duo as well, called North Coast Time, I play keyboards. We released a CD a few years ago and we’ll record another one soon.
I’ve always loved being creative. I’m an artist too and have had a few exhibits in Sydney, Byron Bay and Cabarita, which is near where we live. I also sell my paintings and gift cards at Nobby Beach Books, where I’ve worked for just under a year.
I have to say this is just a dream job. It’s in a beautiful spot and I sit surrounded by books – and people who want to talk about books – all day. Plus it’s next door to a bakery ...
This is actually the longest established bookshop on the Gold Coast, I love that I’m a part of it. I think the fact that it’s a book exchange has helped it thrive.
We have people who come in each week on the same day at the same time, wanting to trade in what they’ve got and chat about what’s new.
We’ve also started a poetry workshop, which is fabulous.
It’s great to see people getting in touch with their creative side and putting it out there in front of others.
As a musician and an artist that’s what I do, but it’s great to have a day job where you’re exposed to that as well. I feel like this is my happy ending.
“I STILL FEEL LIKE I’M IN MY 20S, ALTHOUGH MY ELDEST DAUGHTER IS ACTUALLY 25. WHERE DOES TIME GO?”