Doug Cunningham is a prolific contributor to the ABC Open: 500 Words project, contributing chapters from his life story to the project whenever he has a story to suit each month's theme.
To date Doug has contributed stories to A Scary Moment, New In Town, I Was There, An Act of Rebellion, Travel Tales, On The Job and Things We Do For Love.
The 96-year-old English-born widower has been a Swansea local for 20 years, after driving through the town with his late wife Pat on their way to make a new home in Port Macquarie. They never made it past the Swansea Bridge.
"Writing my life story gave me an insight into memory and into other people," Doug told ABC Open.
Doug shares stories with Swansea locals, residents of the retirement village where he lives, and now with the world via ABC Open and the Swansea Library 500 Words writing group.
"I know if they're going to read them and share them with me, I feel as if I've made a friend," Doug says.
"And I enjoy that because there becomes a closeness to each other and we become friends, and I need friends because I'm an old man."
Doug became an Australian citizen in Swansea in 1995, more than 40 years after emigrating to Australia following the end of World War 2. Together with wife Pat he raised a son.
Mr Cunningham is a regular at the independently-run Swansea Library 500 Words writing group, facilitated by librarian Cathy Shay.