This book started everything.
The first seeds to Only Human were planted in 1998 when Moya was approached by UnitingCare Burnside to develop a book of stories about families experiencing great disadvantage. She was best known at that time for her comedy so she was a little surprised by the offer. But apparently it wasn’t a mistake! Burnside wanted a new way to create understanding around marginalised people. They didn’t want another research approach that could be read at heart’s-length and put down. They didn’t want a third person journalist’s perspective on the tragedy of disenfranchisement. They wanted an authentic and moving book.
The stories needed to reach a remarkably diverse audience including field workers, service providers, decision makers, other families experiencing similar difficulties and the wider community. The challenge with this sensitive and often difficult material was to create a book that people would want to read to the end.
They.. was an astonishing success. The power of real people bravely telling their stories captured the imagination of believers and disbelievers alike. It was distributed in doctors’ waiting rooms, high schools, universities, churches and a range of community service settings and like all good books of stories, it has had a long life. It continues to be actively used today by community services, family support groups, advocacy groups, health providers etc.