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.” …

Eddi Reader on Scottish Independence

Eddi Reader on Scottish Independence

Scottish musician Eddi Reader has spent decades travelling the world after leaving Scotland for England at just 18 years of age. Having been back in Scotland now for the last 13 years, Eddi says she’s had to make the effort to learn about what the deal that created the United …

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 …

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, …

John Schumann on writing an icon

John Schumann on writing an icon

When it comes to Anzac Day, Australian singer/songwriter JohnSchumann says, “There could be a hundred of me and there still wouldn’t be enough to go around!” referring to the huge success of his 1983 song, ‘I Was Only 19’. I first met John when I started working for his then-record …

Patricia Feenan. Accidental activist.

Patricia Feenan. Accidental activist.

When senior NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told ABC TV’s Lateline programme that the Catholic Church had covered up crimes by paedophile priests, silenced investigations and destroyed evidence to avoid prosecution – the public outrage triggered a Royal Commission into institutional child abuse. One of the stories that …

Ben Gillies. Life after Silverchair.

Ben Gillies. Life after Silverchair.

Daniel Johns, Chris Joannou and Ben Gillies were just kids doing work experience at a Newcastle radio station when I first met them nearly 20 years ago. Those three boys have gone on to become strong and confident men and wonderful musicians – collectively and individually. I suspect the whole …

Bikers Against Child Abuse

Bikers Against Child Abuse

Imagine being a child who has to testify in court, give evidence, against an adult who has abused you, sexually or otherwise. An adult you have trusted. An adult you have loved. This adult has also abused you, perhaps sexually, they might have threatened you, told you not to talk, …

Rob Hirst. Midnight Oil, The Break.

Rob Hirst. Midnight Oil, The Break.

  Midnight Oil have had a stellar career from their beginning as ‘Farm’ in 1972, changing their name in 1976. With 11 studio albums and 2 EPs worth of musical meanderings, I spoke with the band’s drummer and songwriter, Rob Hirst, on the eve of the launch of Essential Oils. …

Rory Steyn – Mandela's bodyguard

Rory Steyn – Mandela's bodyguard

Rory Steyn has had a unique career, to say the least. After rising through the ranks of the South African police force, Rory ended up chief of security and personal bodyguard of Nelson Mandela. What Rory learnt from the man, once seen as a terrorist by South African authorities, changed …

John Paul Young

John Paul Young

In 2012, John Paul Young is celebrating 40 years in the Australian music industry with both a solo tour and another turn in the massive Long Way To The Top concert production. John Paul Young was the child of one of the wave of British families that emigrated to Australia …