Newcastle Walking Tours

Newcastle Walking Tours

Some very clever and lovely Novocastrians have created a series of fabulous, self-guided walks around the city. These have been prepared and written by David Hampton, one of the splendid people who make Newcastle Museum amazing. The audio of the walks has been recorded by a couple of very well-known …

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct.   Heavy Walk – 3hr / 3.2km Explore Newcastle’s maritime and surf culture through a self-guided walking tour of the city. With its spectacular harbour …

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct. Newcastle Architecture Walking Tour Easy Walk – 1hr 30mins / 2.2km Explore Newcastle’s Architectural heritage through a self-guided walking tour of the city. The architecture …

Vale Tom Uren – the ‘conscience of Parliament’

Vale Tom Uren – the ‘conscience of Parliament’

Tom Uren lived an incredible life and I had the privilege of speaking with him in 2007 prior to his trip to Maitland to deliver the annual Harry Boyle Memorial Lecture for the National Trust. Tom served during WWII and witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima. He was a prisoner-of-war on …

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

  Rob Hirst has a new solo album out – released under his own name instead of one of the innumerable musical units that he’s part of. The Midnight Oil drummer and songwriter celebrates his new songs with an unexpected collaboration with his artist daughter, Gabriella Hirst. Rob Hirst oozes …

Breaking the poverty cycle with education

Breaking the poverty cycle with education

Nearly 640,000 Australian children live in a ‘jobless’ family. These children are, on average, up to three years behind their peers in reading and maths by the time they’re 15 years of age. But this doesn’t have to be the case. HSC completion rates in lower socio-economic backgrounds are still …

Don Walker talks Cold Chisel and other words

Don Walker talks Cold Chisel and other words

Don Walker is a notoriously private man. He just does not talk about the personal stuff. But he does talk about himself, about music and words and prose and work and Chisel and just about anything else you choose to throw at him. He speaks slowly, deliberately, and laughs with …

Being a Muslim woman in Newcastle

After a recent visit to Newcastle’s Mosque I was invited to take my family to the Newcastle Eid al-Adha celebrations. I took the opportunity to try and bust a few myths about being a Muslim woman by asking a group of them to tell their own stories over vast quantities of cakes and sweets. Diana …

Megan Washington

Megan Washington

  Megan Washington says that ‘Skyline’, one of the tracks on her new album ‘There, There’ is about ‘choosing hope’. “I think that’s a choice we have to make daily. Choosing happiness and choosing positivity is something that you have to make a priority. For me, it’s a daily thing.” …

James Reyne

James Reyne

James Reyne has an enviable career in the Australian music industry – first appearing on ABC TV’s Countdown in 1979 with both of his arms in plaster after being hit by a car in Melbourne. Australian Crawl held court around Australia’s pub rock scene for just seven years, but the …

Joe Camilleri

Joe Camilleri

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing many of Joe Camilleri’s Australian music peers and I’ve often remarked on how many of them were ‘ten pound Poms’. Joe Camilleri says he was a five-pounder, but not a Pom, “We came on the five-pound scheme from Malta. There was only four of …

Iva Davies – March 2014

Iva Davies – March 2014

The number one song on the Australian pop music charts in 1980 was The Buggles ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’, accompanied through the year by such gems as Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’, The Village People ‘You Can’t Stop The Music’, Split Enz ‘I Got You’, The …

Kylie Kwong on insects as food

Kylie Kwong on insects as food

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says insects are the food of the future and that Western consumers need to open their minds. Australian cook and restaurateur Kylie Kwong already serves insects in her Sydney restaurant. “It’s just so exciting, I’ve been serving insects in my restaurant, Billy Kwong, …

Denise Kelly – Wiradjuri Woman

Denise Kelly – Wiradjuri Woman

Denise Kelly is a Wiradjuri woman who has been working with Liz Mullinar’s Heal For Life Foundation since 2005. Denise is now translating her experience in culturally appropriate education to helping support Aboriginal people who are survivors of child trauma and abuse. “I work with children in schools and I …