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Out of the Forest $11
Join me as we hear the story of Gregory Smith who lived as a recluse in the forests of northern NSW for over 10 years before reentering society and becoming a university lecturer and author. After the talk we can find somewhere nearby to go for a drink to discuss the book Please book your own ticket at For ten years a man calling himself Will Power lived in near-total isolation in northern New South Wales, foraging for food, eating bats and occasionally trading for produce. But who was this mysterious man who roamed the forest and knew all of its secrets and riddles? Some people thought he might be Jesus. Others feared he was a more sinister figure. The truth was that he was neither miraculous nor malevolent, but he was, most certainly, gifted. And when he finally emerged from the forest, emaciated and close to death, he was determined to reclaim his real name and ‘give society another chance’. Today, Dr Gregory Peel Smith, who left school at the age of fourteen, has a PhD and teaches in the Social Sciences at university. His profoundly touching and uplifting memoir is at once a unique insight into how far off track a life can go and powerful reminder that we can all find our way back if we pause for a moment in the heart of the forest.

City of Perth Library

573 Hay Street · Perth


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This group is for anyone looking to make friends and have a great time in the process! We run a wide range of events including boardgames afternoons, walks and watersports, dinners and picnics, comedy and music gigs, pub crawls and wine tastings. Feel free to suggest a meet up! Please use an identifiable photo of yourself as your profile picture so we can find you at events.

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This group was founded by Richard B on the 30/12/12.

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