ISBN 978-1-922722-53-9

Haiku Poetry and Art Book

With your support A GOOD LIFE will continue to grow.

Bringing people together to build a community where everyone feels like they belong, promoting a community that shows kindness and respect through arts and culture, coffee and chats, the simple things in life.

About the Project

This Haiku poetry book is a collaborative project that has brought many people together to explore

“What is a good life for people over the age of 50?”

With the support from Office of Ageing Well SA Health, The Australian Centre for Social Innovations, Hutt St Centre, and Vintage Creative Therapies, we are fortunate A Good Life has become a place that brings people together, encouraging kindness and creating a space where older people feel they belong.

Community projects such as The Good Life Project wouldn’t be able to get off the ground without volunteers, our wonderful Theatre buddies Kay, Karolina, Meredith, Yimin and Alyce are fundamental to the project’s success. A special thanks to Alyce and Yimin for bringing an intergenerational aspect to the project, young people bring new mindsets and knowledge having great energy for a good life.


About the Hutt St Centre

Hutt St Centre is a place of connection and support, where people facing homelessness are empowered to rebuild their lives, rediscover their identities and reconnect with those who love them.

We walk alongside people on their journey toward homefulness—a word we use to describe the feeling of safety, control and confidence that comes with having a place to call home.

When people walk through our doors we help fulfil their immediate needs, like a shower, a meal, and a charged phone, while our 20+ visiting services provide support ranging from medical check-ups to financial counselling.

And with a focus on the future, we connect people with housing, education and employment opportunities to build the skills and confidence to change their circumstances for good.



ISBN 978-1-922722-23-2


The story of a great man, sportsman and philanthropist: Alister John “Fizzle” Forsyth, 23rd January 1938 – 16 November 2019

This is the abridged life story of Alister John “Fizzle” Forsyth, Senior Citizen of the year 2019 (Cessnock), Life Member Point Leo SLSC, Manly SLSC, Manly Surf Club, Manly Golf Club, Laguna Cricket Club, Harbord Frigid Frogs, Old Scotch Hockey Club and Life Member Laguna.

About the Author

I have now risen to the challenge! I have written this book about Fizzle, with the assistance of his family and many friends.

Why was Alister John Forsyth called Fizzle by many of his close friends?

I have no idea. It was his nickname when I first met him in 1949. We were schoolboys aged about twelve. I had started at Scotch College, after completing primary school at Frankston State School. It didn’t take us long to become lifelong best friends. My nickname soon became “Cammie”, an abbreviation of Campbell.

Dictionary definitions of the word “fizzle” are not flattering, but I believe that our Fizzle has put a new fizz or sparkle into the word Fizzle.



ISBN 978-1-922629-91-3

A Divided Heart: A Memoir of Loss and Love

Family history. An account of Greek immigration. “May all who read A Divided Heart be reminded, as I was, of events small and large, which have ultimately contributed to shaping the fabric of our lives.” – from the Foreword, Athina Vlahos. In this heartfelt memoir, Sophia Nicolis Tsouvalas takes the reader on a journey through her parents’ lives. Maria and Manoli endured the hardships and tragedy of war-torn Greece during the German occupation and subsequent civil war. Sophia captures their experiences of moving from Mesohoria, a village on the Greek island of Evia, with the Aegean as its backdrop, to a new life in Australia. Their journey takes us through the harsh realities of everyday life in their small village, to the early 1960’s when the family settle in Sydney, a city on the cusp of societal change. Maria was able to release the pain of her past, and Australia was embraced with open arms and gratitude. For Manoli, leaving Greece was a huge wrench and his yearning for his birthplace never waned. A Divided Heart is a chronicle of life, recognising the relationships that define us. It allows each of us to examine our heritage, our identity and where we feel we belong. Intertwined within the narrative of turmoil, longing, loss and ultimately love, are themes of history, traditions, food and culture which will resonate with many. This is a poignant story of the importance of family and wanting to leave a legacy for future generations.

About the Author

Sophia was born in the small village of Mesohoria, in the south of the island of Evia. In 1962, at the age of four, she migrated with her parents and sister from Greece to Australia. She grew up in Sydney but has lived in Adelaide for thirty-five years with her husband, Con. She has two sons and two adorable grandchildren.

Due to the vagaries of life, she has only travelled to her homeland three times over the years, yet it is a place embedded in her heart and soul, and where she feels a complete sense of belonging.

Sophia has a Bachelor of Arts from UNSW and a Diploma of Education from Sydney University. A passionate teacher of languages, she has taught Greek, French, German and English to school students and adults for over forty years.

She has been an avid reader all her life and enjoys walking, aquarobics, volunteering at the Greek Evian House in Adelaide, cooking (especially traditional Greek recipes) and looking after her grandchildren



ISBN 978-1-922629-68-5

Nobody Dies Anymore. vol.2

It is about the colonial apartheid system as it then operated, the convulsions that accompanied its destructions and the ensuing struggle to create what had not been there before.

The origins of the book lie in the Children’s ward of what was then the Llewellyn Hospital in Kitwe, where hundreds of children died every year, the recorded casualties of a desperate battle against history’s nature and the implications of being black in Africa. It is a personal account written by the doctor who formulated the ideals behind the projects and the philosophy they were meant to sustain.

A kind of Odyssey passing through the gates of imperial security into the realm of demands with no known cultural response, it is a journey from which there is no return and a task with no hope of accomplishment in the lifetime of a man.

About the Author

Jim was born in 1930 in Oldham, Lancashire-at that time at the centre of England’s thriving cotton industry. His father was later to become part owner of a Mill. Educated at Xavarian college Manchester he excelled at English and Physics. In the post war era National Service was compulsory and Jim joined the RAF, only to be discharged after 3 months because of a chronic lung condition (bronchiectasis) the result of multiple childhood chest infections.
Unsure where his future lay he was encouraged to follow his father in the cotton trade, initially gaining experience by working as a weaver in the mill. After a year he decided to become a doctor. At Huddersfield Technical College he completed the subjects required for entrance into medical school. It was there he showed his leadership skills and became President of the Students Union. In 1953 he went to St Andrews University to study medicine, where he met Meg Arrowsmith, a fellow medical student. They were engaged but did not marry until 1959, in Jim’s final year. He was a high-profile student and became President of the Students Union, President of the Medical Society and Editor of the University Newspaper. Jim was by personality type a ‘world improver’ and his whole life was based on improving the circumstances in which he found himself so that other people would benefit. He had little regard for his own welfare and gave his all to the project in hand.
Newly married Jim and Meg spent a year in USA, working at the Miriam Hospital Providence, Rhode Island. Their plan was to then spend a year in a developing country and were accepted by the colonial territory of Northern Rhodesia to work in the hospital in Kitwe. That year extended to a decade. In1961 the country was in a state of Pre Independence unrest. Jim and Meg were among the few Europeans who supported the African move towards Independence and were shocked by the racial discrimination even in the hospitals. Through looking after their children Jim got to know the leaders of the Independence movement, including Kenneth Kaunda who in 1964 became the founding father and first President of Zambia.
It was difficult to returning to the UK 1970. In ten years, Jim had started Zambia’s first Children’s Hospital, established the Zambian Flying Doctor Service and become very close to the people of Zambia. Between them the couple had two significant papers on paediatrics published in the Lancet. On their return to their home country, they lived in North Yorkshire. Jim wrote of his experiences and they both did some general practice. He tried unsuccessfully to introduce the Zambian villagers’ concept of consensus to British Industry. The last four decades were spent in Australia, working in Apollo Bay, a fairly remote coastal town in Victoria. For the first 20 years they were the only doctors.
Again, Jim had an enormous impact on the area — a characteristic of his whole life.
He died in Apollo Bay in 2016.



ISBN 978-1-922629-69-2

We Live in a Caravan

Told through the heart of a child, We Live in a Caravan offers though-provoking inspiration for all ages. This book uses rhyme and repetition to reveal life’s most meaningful values wile capturing the experiences lived by travelling families. You will be taken on a journey of reflection, and be inspired to reconnect with nature, culture and family. Featuring real memories and original drawings by Aussie kids met along the way. This genuine keepsake will warm the hearts of every travel-loving family.