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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - PEOPLE - AS TOLD TO ANN WASON MOORE

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?”

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