The Wollongong Living Books program brings to the community an exciting opportunity to think beyond stereotypes.
In this program the ‘books’ are local residents from many walks of life, who are there to share their life experiences and life choices. ‘Readers’ are invited to engage in a half hour conversation with a ‘book’ in a safe supported environment in a library or school. Questions and active participation in discussion are encouraged.
Our living ‘books’ are an extraordinary group of volunteers who enjoy sharing their stories with others. Their backgrounds are diverse, in terms of culture, language and faith background, gender, sexuality, age, ability and occupation.
The concept of Living Books originated in Denmark in 2000 and has since gained popularity around the world - Wollongong's Living Books program began in 2008, and was initially called Wollongong Living Library.
of living ‘books’ aims to include stories that are not given a high profile in mainstream media. All living ‘books’ are offered induction, training, support and debriefing, as well as subsidised transport for the events.
Please contact us on (02) 4227 7111 if you would like to share your story by becoming a volunteer living 'book'.
We also welcome enquiries from organisations and schools interested in hosting a Living Books event. Event fees and charges may apply. See documents below for more information.