Nick Hawkes Talks Stories
Pete from Breakfast caught up with Nick Hawkes to talk about stories.
Nick Hawkes loves truth. And faith. And stories. He’s passionate about them. As a physicist, Theologian, pastor and now a highly regarded and award winning fiction author, he has always tried to find truth. Real truth. Now, Nick is preparing to judge Stories Of Life, A short story competition seeking to uncover personal stories of faith and testimony. And he’s pretty excited.
“A story of faith, it’s truth at the most extraordinarily profound level of meaning, so it doesn’t get any bigger, it leads you into a world of wonder.” Nicks eyes dance as he describes how there is something impossibly welcoming about someone telling their deeply personal story, how that most intimate point strangely becomes the most publicly accessible point of contact.
Stories Of Life, which closes on July 31st, is inviting stories from adults and youth, in three categories, to bring this reality to a world that deeply needs more stories of faith and testimony. Nick leans forward and enthuses “And because it’s testimony, it’s not a theory, it’s a truth. You can’t argue with that!”
So for anyone seeking to tell their story, what makes a good story of faith? For Nick, “It’s about the heart, it’s about the telling of the story. If you tell any story badly it’s not going to work, but once you know your story, it’s how it is presented in a way that moves me, it has to grab me, passionately, cleverly, and I think, Profoundly”.
Rather than being daunted by the prospect of reading through possibly hundreds of stories, Nick is bubbling. He goes on to explain the thrill of a great read. “I want it to lead me to places that I haven’t been before, I give the author permission to take me places that surprise me. I trust you as my guide.”
As well as being published in a book, the top stories will be made into radio segments for broadcast across Australia and feature in the national “Eternity Matters” newspaper column. Stories Of Life will offer $4500 in prize money and the opportunity to find yourself on bookshelves alongside writers like Nick Hawkes. You may also see your story of life talking to unimaginable numbers of readers and listeners across the nation.
08/07/2016 / Kit Densley