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Helping Herself

Wed, 12 May 2021

This week's New Voices candidate is Kylie Attwell, an introvert who says trying to write makes her feel like "I have ants crawling in my head!" Nevertheless, she has produced a series of self-help guidebooks soon to be published as audio-books - all based on her memoir-style narrative of alternative therapies. Her critiquer is author, journalist and organiser of the 2021 Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, Adam Norris.

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Changes Ahoy!

Fri, 23 April 2021

This week Abelquest hits the high seas to report on the Making Waves Foundation. Formerly Sailors with DisAbilities, it was established in 1994 to give disabled and disadvantaged children, youth and adults access to the glories of sailing. It provides courses in ship building, mentors and role models, and life changing experiences from turning about to trimming the spinnaker.

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Immersive Antiquities

Fri, 23 April 2021

Auctioning a Van Gogh painting is not straightforward - but none of this week's antique stories are predictable! This episode of our popular Antiques Radio Show proves survival is often a matter of chance - even for Old Masters.

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Living With The Invisible

Fri, 23 April 2021

Two Sydney Writers’ Festival guests, Jacinta Parsons and Kylie Maslen, have written remarkable debut novels about living with an invisible disability. They chat with Activated Arts presenter Anthea Williams about changes they want to see in social attitudes and the medical industry.

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Interviewing the Minister

Fri, 16 April 2021

One of the few Australian politicians to navigate his way into parliament with a disability, the current NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services was born both albino and sight-impaired. Ablequest presenter Barbara Sullivan caught up with Minister Gareth Ward on the eve of a $10 million funding boost for jobs and community participation for people living with disability.

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The High Priest Does The Antipodes

Fri, 16 April 2021

Episode 4 of 2021’s New Voices showcases Susan Mimram, a writer of extraordinary ability who failed English at school and didn’t seriously pick up a book to read until she was 25. Nevertheless she has crafted a marvelous story about a young New Zealand girl who is trying to piece together the mystery of why her mother ran away from her family when she was a small child. So how did Susan get to write so beautifully?

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A Sparkling New Voice From Bondi Beach

Thu, 1 April 2021

The next New Voices features Robyn Edwards, a social worker who took a year off to ‘explore her creative side’ and ended up writing Blue Wave Bondi. A magic-realism novel set in Bondi the reader luxuriates in descriptions of bright sun, glinting sands, and surf. Joel Dickens is an established artist born in Britain who explores the darker equation of the human condition in his startling abstract works. Is there common ground between these two creative strangers?

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Antiques, Herstory, Chapbooks, Crooks and Chessboards

Thu, 11 February 2021

From Brexit to British hallmarking, to glass and enamel manufacturing,  pre-chess board games, and how to pull off a museum heist -  his stories and a few of hers! 
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