Storytelling Matters

– every child deserves a childhood

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An Australian crime fiction writer’s coffee mug in a sunset scene with inscription saying storytelling matters

Telling stories matters – though I don’t think that should really be such a surprise. However, we live in a world where the distractions of technology for its own sake dominate and diminish our lives. Stories do the opposite; they enrich the world and our humanity.

My new book is to be published soon, a coming of age story for the strong female protagonists who enter a world they don’t know. The story is inspired by an idea, not a person. That idea is every child deserves a childhood and is set in Australia, England and Cambodia. My charity works in Cambodia, with others, fighting the evils of the child sex trade.

I know many people there who work unheralded, sometimes risking their lives rescuing kids from traffickers. These people personify the idea of acting according to one’s conscience, even in the face of personal risk. These kids and those unsung heroes inspire every word I write in my own storytelling.

Never think these stories are far from home, or in someone’s else’s backyard. Just today, in Australia, more than 40 Australian men have been charged with possessing child abuse material and sharing their material online, with 16 children removed from harm’s way.

The AFP said its Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation has in the past 12 months intercepted more than 250,000 child abuse material files online, while 134 children – including 67 in Australia – were removed from harm in 2019/20. The New Daily 23 Oct

Stories matter.

R. A. Barclay

Robert Barclay is an Australian author of some of the best Australian crime/mystery novels. His Australian romance novels and stories follow the lives of Katy Yehonala and her daughter, Clara, his quirky, rather flawed protagonists as they confront the evils of society.