Seniors' Stories

NSW Seniors Card introduced the Seniors' Stories writing competition in 2013 as a way of recognising and valuing the experiences of NSW seniors and building connections between the young and old.

For each edition the top 100 stories are selected and published by NSW Seniors Card and distributed to the authors and libraries across the state.

These stories illustrate the substantial contributions made by older people and emphasise the need to ensure seniors are afforded ongoing opportunities to participate in our community and impart their knowledge and wisdom to younger generations.

To view and download previous editions, listen to the audio files or watch some author interviews please click below:

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Author interviews
Ferdinand Brockhall - The Peanut Butter Miracle, An Incident in War. Born in Indonesia to Dutch parents, Ferdinand and his family were taken prisoner by the Japanese in 1942. His experience as a teenage prisoner of war inspired his story, The Peanut Butter Miracle.
Franklyn Cowell – Don’t Forget Me, Benny People always say accountants are boring but Franklyn is living proof that is not the case. The 68 year old from Artarmon says his adventurous life has been “anything but conventional”.
Gail Houghton - Fire! Gail is 71 and hails from Coonabarabran but has lived all over the world Iraq, Bangladesh, UAE, UK – she’s been everywhere. By her own admission, this retired teacher has enjoyed an “interesting life”.
Rosemary Baldry - The Phoenix Rosemary, 73, has lived in the Blue Mountains for almost half a century and loves the area and the people. When the devastating bushfires tore through her street in 2013, she was touched by how people reached out to support each other and this is the inspiration behind her story.