17 April 2024

Meet the woman bringing food for the soul to the Wollongong entertainment scene

| Zoe Cartwright
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Wollongong performer and creative talent Shane Moon hosts the region’s first Generation Women event. Photo: Emma Leigh Elder.

Has a world of curated social media feeds left you hungry for real connection?

Wollongong creative Shane Moon has put a new staple on the entertainment scene that should fill you up.

Generation Women debuted at The Builders Club earlier this month and Shane said the event was an unmitigated success.

“It was amazing; it was a packed house,” she said.

“There was laughter, tears, and people from the audience signed up themselves for future events, which is fantastic.

“I’m full of goosebumps.”

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A seasoned performer with a background in comedy, Shane acts as host for the evening and takes charge of organising it.

Generation Women is a storytelling evening where women in their 20s to 70s-plus share an original tale on a unifying theme.

If you missed out this time, you can look forward to the next event in June.

While the event is initially billed as bi-monthly for Wollongong, if the enthusiastic reception continues, Shane plans to make it monthly.

“So much of the feedback we got on the evening was thanks for bringing it here,” she said.

“The plan is to have an event every two months, but we have so many talented people in Wollongong, it would be great if we can move to monthly.

“I want to reach the web out far and wide – I’ve been so blessed to be part of the creative community here and I know how many amazing stories there are.

“At the same time, there are so many people I don’t know and I want to grab as many of those stories as I can.”

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Generation Women was born in New York in 2017 when founder Georgia Clark was moved by conversations with her mother, Jayne, about the feeling of disappearing as an older woman.

Shane took part in a Sydney event five years ago and knew she had to bring it to the Illawarra.

“I told them then, if you ever want to bring this to Wollongong, I’m your person,” she said.

“I’m 45 now and there are so many women of all ages with incredible stories; we should all have the opportunity to hear them.

“It fulfils the soul to be allowed to feel all the emotions, to be encouraged by other women’s experiences, to learn something, relate to something, and be part of a community.

“It’s important to feel heard too, to be loud, be brave and go against the grain of what we’re taught to be as women.”

Shane encouraged anyone who might have a story to tell to head to a show and get in touch.

The theme changes each month, and all the topics for 2024 are already set so you can see whether any appeal to you.

“You don’t have to be a performer or a speaker, you just have a story you want to tell,” Shane said.

“You can read your notes if you’re a bit nervous; it’s a space for women to be encouraged from day dot.”

The next Generation Women event will be held at The Builders Club on 5 June.

For more information – or to put your name down as a speaker – head to Generation Women Australia or contact Shane via email at [email protected].

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