Noel’s life story is per­fectly po­etic

Yamba poet has short story pub­lished

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - EBONY STANSFIELD [email protected]­lyex­am­iner.com.au

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.

Photo: Ebony Stansfield

BOOK WORK: Noel Charles holds Se­niors Sto­ries Vol­ume 4 with Clarence MP Chris Gu­lap­tis.

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