Noel’s life story is perfectly poetic
Yamba poet has short story published
A NEW Beginning captures the inner thoughts of Yamba man Noel Charles and the series of events that led him to become a published poet.
Mr Charles was one of 100 authors featured in the latest edition of Seniors’ Stories, a much-loved publication with inspiring short stories written by seniors from all walks of life.
The short story follows him when he decided to take up a challenge to began a writing course, after being at Botany Bay Council for 27 years as a councillor and deputy mayor.
During the course he suffered a heart attack and had bypasses, and this unexpected series of events gave him a new direction.
He decided he wanted to be a writer.
After he graduated he persevered to write, write and write, and then he wrote a poem about an old man in a shack in Byron Bay The Patient Love.
He noticed a request for poetry submissions for an American publication called The International Library of Poetry, he then decided to submit his poem.
His poem was printed in a book called Endless Place but this was just the beginning of his journey as a poet, he has now written 107 poems and 14 of them have been published.
Seniors Stories Volume 4 was launched at Parliament House recently by the Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies.
Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis called in to congratulate Mr Charles on his short story A New Beginning being selected to appear in the publication.
“His story tells how a brush with a heart attack gave him a new direction in life.”
“I think it’s terrific to give older people the opportunity to share their stories with others and I congratulate Noel on his latest achievement.”
“Society can benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of our seniors and this book allows older people to pass on their stories to younger generations to enjoy as well,” Mr Gulaptis said. You can find Seniors Stories Volume 4 at libraries across NSW.
BOOK WORK: Noel Charles holds Seniors Stories Volume 4 with Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis.