Using technology to shine a light on the past
On Sunday 11 November, 2018, The U3A Bayside Writers Group launched their Armistice Centenary commemorative website at the Hampton RSL. The group is led by Cheryl Threadgold and currently comprises 19 writers who meet monthly to share and workshop their written works in a creative and supportive environment.
The group were inspired to write short stories, poetry and radio plays (which can be heard by podcast) for the website to pay tribute to those who served in the Great War and to commemorate the concept of peace. Some of the works are original in their concept, while others are based on family or true-life stories.
To create the website,the writers were successful in applying for a 2018 Armistice Centenary Commemorative grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
In order to bring the project into reality, the group found themselves on a steep technological learning curve but were helped by the, much appreciated patience and suggestions provided by the website designer, Julia Sykes-Turner.
The website was launched on Remembrance Day 2018. U3A Bayside President Tony Aplin addressed those present, then as the room erupted into an enthusiastic countdown from ten, the Mayor of Bayside, Councillor Michael Heffernan, cut the red ribbon. It was certainly a special experience for everyone to see the red poppies from the website’s Home Page suddenly appear on the large screen.
The website will be ongoing for the next 12 months, during which time more works can be added. To view the website: http://www.armisticetribute.org.au/
The U3A Bayside Writers Group currently comprises 19 writers who meet monthly to share and workshop their written works in a creative and supportive environment.
from Cheryl Threadgold (Convenor, U3A Bayside Writers Group)