By Nora Ball

Last night, Love Perth Life went to the Centre for Stories and enjoyed an evening of story telling with a Persian/Arabic  feast . Situated on Aberdeen street in Northbridge, Centre for Stories was founded in 2015 and aims to bring together the community through the sharing of stories. Their ‘Bread and Butter’ event is held monthly and this time we were treated to a traditional, home cooked meal of delicious saffron rice and fragrant dishes of lamb and chicken.

We heard the story of Hossein Bouazar who belongs to the Ahwazi minority in Iran. Along with his father, Hossein fled persecution in his homeland and made the treacherous journey to Australia by boat in 2012. Despite his initial struggles as a refugee, particularly with the language barrier, Hossein worked hard and completed his Diploma of ICT Networking whilst learning English. He now shares his story around schools in Western Australia, highlighting his long struggle for freedom and just how lucky we are to live in this country.

The Centre for Stories hold many other events dedicated to the art of story telling including literary readings, book clubs, short story festivals and workshops in writing and story telling. One of my favourite Centre for Stories event is their Northbridge Crime Walk. You are taken through the streets and alleyways of Northbridge learning about the area’s dark and gritty history of police corruption, organised crime and brothels. I also loved the centre’s reading room, a book lover’s dream, where you can sit and enjoy a book from their vast collection.

Be sure to check out The Centre for Stories Facebook page,  Instagram page or website to keep up to date with their next Bread and Butter event and other activities. Make sure you get in quick, as tickets often sell out fast!