Hello. My name is Rosemary Sayer and I’m a writer, researcher and communicator.
In 2015 I launched my third book More to the story – conversations with refugees and was overwhelmed by the response from people. My publishers, Margaret River Press, tell me it is one of their best sellers! Since the launch I have enjoyed speaking at writers’ festivals, community events, libraries and schools and meeting a variety of people from all walks of life.
My life has changed. I no longer work in the corporate sector because I have become more heavily involved in the Not For Profit sector working with refugees. I have commenced a PhD in life writing and human rights at Curtin University, where I also work one day a week as a research assistant at the Centre for Human Rights Education. My days are never dull and I am reminded so often about how lucky I am because I was born in Australia. I live in a free, safe country.
Regular visitors to this website will notice it has been updated. We realised that it is not just about the book now, but about all issues to do with refugees and asylum seekers. The current global response to refugees and asylum seekers has been described by historian Klaus Neumann as “one of the 21st century’s most controversial and seemingly intractable, ethical, political and social issues.”
I am passionate about continuing to contribute to the national and international conversation about refugees and asylum seekers. This site will become more of a resource for information about the issues. I’ll post stories, articles, facts, figures, reports, links to other organisations, information on events, reviews of other books on the subject that you might like to read, and links to what is happening in Australia and around the world. We all have a duty to be informed and to understand that there is always more to every story.
If you are interested you can follow my blog by clicking on the button to the right and you can join the conversation on my More to the story facebook page. More to the story – conversations with refugees can be ordered from Margaret River Press.