Folktales needed for novel on Freestone history
ACCORDING to Freestone folk law there was once a teacher who threw boiled peanuts in the school yard for hungry students to hunt for, there is legend of a man buried upright and a flower that blooms on the same day every year.
Tall and short tales like these are all are just the treasures author Krista Bjorn is searching for in her quest to write a novel on the history of Freestone.
Commissioned by the Freestone Hall committee as part of the hall's 150th celebrations the group is calling for all story tellers and keepers in the area to share their local knowledge.
"I have been looking through maps, interviewing families and researching the history of the area but we still need more stories," Krista said.
The Canadian native who has a long history as a writer said she was excited to write about the struggle of the first immigrants, the aboriginal people of the area and the community as it stands today.
"We want this to be a very inclusive book of all the people here young and old," she said.
"To showcase the stories of those who lived here generations ago or those who have been here in the last 50 years".
While Ms Bjorn does intended to draw focus on the factual history of the area it is the stories of the individuals she truly wanted to highlight.
"History is made up of impressions and experiences not just facts," Mr Bjorn said.
Freestone Hall Secretary Sue Keong said the project is an important one for both Freestone and the wider Warwick community.
"We are in the midst of such changing times I think people are frightened small areas like this may disappear," she said.
"We want to make change a new and exciting thing and to show the community is still there, just a little different".
To share your story please contact Sue on 0402460919 or email Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15.