In early September 2019 the Shire of Capel successfully completed the inaugural Fact or Faction community event. This included 8 action packed events over 5 localities in the Shire of Capel (and one in Bunbury); all coinciding with Adult Learners week.
The event was a joint collaboration between the Shire’s Library and Community Development teams, as well as community partners such as Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Edith Cowan University, South West Women’s Health and Information Centre, RSL Capel, Dymocks Busselton and was proudly sponsored by Lotterywest. Whilst a full event report is still being developed, a quick wrap is as follows:
Event 1 (Monday 2nd September) AI the Human Future
Approximately 60 community members and students braved the wintery conditions to listen to and meet Toby Walsh, one of the world’s leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence. He is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and leads a research group at Data61. It was an engaging and thought provoking discussion all night.
Event 2 (Tuesday 3rd September) – S.T.E.A.M HUB – Children’s Hour.
The Capel Library hosted 18 parents and children to engaging morning of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths in a Hub environment. The Children’s Hour was facilitated by Karen Dennison, Shires former librarian.
Event 3 (Tuesday 3rd September) – S.T.E.A.M HUB – Biography Workshop
Event 3, also held at the Capel Library included a Biography Workshop with Sarah Evans. Sarah Evans, an English ex-pat journalist and former home-schooling mum, is the author of a lifestyle/recipe book Seasons and Seasonings in a Teapot, romance and crime novels, novellas, short stories and poetry. The capacity crowd were enthralled in her learnings and took home the tools to possibly write their own biographies one day.
Event 4 (Wednesday 4th September) – Felting Workshop
Held by Jen Thomson at the Capel RSL Hall, the Felting Workshop was a demonstration and information session to a capacity audience. It included a display of different styles of felting, history and an opportunity to try the technique hands on.
Event 5 (Wednesday 4th September) – My Life Learning About My Family
Held by author Jenny Okly at Maker and Co in Bunbury, and sponsored by the South West Women’s Health and Information Centre, this story presented highlighted Jenny’s life growing up as a member of the stolen generation. With a packed audience of over 80 people ranging from 20-98 years of age and a high diversity of ethnic background, this presentation was one of the week’s greatest highlights. With barely a dry eye in the house by the end, many left having experienced something truly moving.
Event 6 (Saturday 7th September) – S.T.E.A.M HUB – Author Talk
Highlighting the Shire of Capel’s very own natural wonderments of our region such as the Tuart Forrest, Peppermint Beach Community Centre held host to Mrs Eleanor Bennett as she talked about her work life as a botanist.
Event 7 (Sunday 8th September) – Blacksmith Workshop and Author talk
One of our biggest event pack filled days, the Shire of Capel were hosted at the South West Railway and Heritage Centre Boyanup where a crowd of over 50 people were engaged by Malcom Paine a 70 year veteran Blacksmith and author, with the day being rounded off by Blacksmith and Model Train demonstrations and rounded off with a toured walk of the Boyanup Heritage Trail.
Event 8 (Monday 9th September) – S.T.E.A.M HUB – Children’s Author workshop
The Dalyellup community had the honour of holding host to the last presenter for the week’s long festival of events. Mark Greenwood, a well-known Children’s author held a workshop at the Dalyellup Community Centre where over 50 students from Dalyellup Primary School were thrilled and engaged on the process of how to write children’s novels..