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A Common Wealth of Experience

17 December 2018

A Common Wealth of Experience: Freedom fighters, child brides and other untold real life stories - A unique collation of stories giving an insight into life and growing old in 22 countries

CommonAge has announced its Life Stories book, a collation of stories written by young people submitted for their Life Stories project, will be published in early January and will officially be launched on 11 March 2019 - which is also Commonwealth Day.

The book consists of 50 stories, and it takes the reader on an exciting journey across 22 countries. The memories of people aged between 73 and 101 relate to natural disasters and wars, cultural influences and family circumstances, and they show how these have shaped the personal lives of the storytellers.

Hannah Realey, a talented 19-year old at Hayling Print in England is currently preparing the book for publication with beautiful creative imagery to compliment the stories and pictures of the older story tellers with young authors.

“The stories are privileged insights into personally endured experiences over the last 70 to 100 years,” says Dr Ingrid Eyers, co-editor of the book. “It is interesting to see how the importance of education and family feature strongly in many of the stories.”

By bringing the generations together to give mutual respect and support, the book has greatly contributed to reducing ageist attitudes.

As part of the submission process, young authors wrote about what they had personally gained from this experience, and it is clear the life histories made a significant impression. Several said they had gained a new respect for the older generation.

Read the full story on the CommonAge website

Annie Waddington-Feather, co-editor also points out personal details of historical aspects of the Commonwealth have been recorded for generations to come. Both co-editors were moved to tears reading some of these stories and they hope readers enjoy reading the stories as much as they have done.

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