Namaste Book Series
Date posted: March 23, 2017
In 2014, the Tasmanian Council for Adult Literacy (TCAL) published the Namaste series of stories. Keiron Galloway worked with students to write the stories. The stories are available for free download.
“Six people tell of seeking asylum in Australia, fleeing their homeland under dangerous circumstances, living in limbo, and leaving everything behind for a new life in Tasmania. The stories are deeply moving, and deal with the themes of family, community, freedom and independence. All the protagonists emphasise education and life skills as necessary for creating fulfilling and autonomous lives for themselves and their families, and write about the great sacrifices they made in achieving these skills.”
The stories are powerful and authentic. Review these stories before using them for teaching. Not all the experiences described are positive, and they may cause students to revisit traumatic times. For ideas on using ‘difficult’ material with adult students, take a look at Kate Nonesuch’s blogposts on trigger warnings.
Thanks to Kate Nonesuch for telling us about these books!