If you’re considering sending in some words, you might be inspired by the following questions:
What do the current sculptures in the Park mean to you?
Do you have a favourite sculpture? What does it symbolise?
How do you use the Park?
Do you have any images of the Park from years gone by?
Some writing prompts for Veterans courtesy of author Neil Grant:
When I came home
Remember when you returned home from the conflict you were involved in. Think about a specific moment that captures the feeling of return – be it joyous, confusing, frustrating, full of longing for what was left behind. Write without thinking, from the heart. Get it all down quickly, refine it later.
What I miss
Was there anything in your war experience that you miss? Your mates, a sense of purpose? Without fear of judgment – translate this experience for those of us who have never been to war. When writing of abstract things like feelings, it helps to anchor them to a single event (things that happened to you). In this way, a night spent drinking in a bar with your mates can be symbolic of friendship and belonging, a firefight could be seen as metaphor for purpose.
Consider an object that is significant to your experience of war. This could be a photo or some other memento that reminds you of a time or place. If this object isn’t with you, take some time to think about how it looks or feels. Tell the story of the time or place through this object.
All stories submitted will contribute to the development of the design for the new sculptures.
Some stories may be edited to meet editorial standards or space requirements on the website.
Some stories may be edited or not be able to be published due to professional advice regarding potential negative impacts on people living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other mental health issues.
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