More to the Story Launched

I’m thrilled to announce that More to the Story – conversations with refugees has been officially launched and is now available on line and in bookstores! I’m particularly honoured that two eminent human rights advocates spoke at our two book launch events.

Fred Chaney, Rosemary and Paul Power

Fred Chaney, long time human rights advocate, Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia with me at the Perth book launch

The first event was held at Riversmith, a brand new café, produce and lifestyle store, in the main street of Margaret River. The Hon Fred Chaney, AO launched the book and spoke about the need for human stories. He said: “This is such a timely book about refugees. Rosemary’s book introduces us to people so we can get to know them. She gives us a human story and that’s important because refugees have been de-humanised in Australian society.”

Paul Power, Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia, spoke at the Perth event, held at the new Centre for Stories in Northbridge. He acknowledged the challenges that refugees face. He said: “As readers we have a unique opportunity to understand more about what it means to be a refugee as we read their personal stories. Combined with these, Rosemary shares her own journey over three years of meeting refugees and their families. We are also introduced to the people who assist refugees in our community.”

Fred, Paul and I thanked the refugees who shared their stories. It was lovely to see so many of the people featured in the book attend the event in Perth. I continue to be inspired by all them.

For more photos of the book launches please go to my newly created Gallery page.