Interviews & life stories

Tim Costello

The nature of bliss, with Rev Tim Costello

I asked Reverend Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision, about what ‘following your bliss’ means to him. This was when he was still head of the Baptist Church in Collins Street, Melbourne. He said that for him, bliss is the sense that your life has been for a purpose. After the interview he headed out into the back alleyway behind the church … More

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Kathy’s story: roaring into retirement

How did a publisher’s assistant end up in Africa raising lions? Kathy Murrell and I worked together at John Brown Publishing in London in the ’90s. When I heard how her story had changed, I had to find out the details. It all began when Kathy was made redundant after 20 years of service – turns out it was just … More

Curing blindness in the third world

Dr James Muecke is an Adelaide-based ophthalmologist who co-founded the Sight For All Foundation. After I interviewed him for medicSA magazine about his work preventing blindness and how the Foundation came to be, it reminded me of something the Rev Tim Costello had said to me when I interviewed him, about how in a world where 40,000 kids die each day from … More

Meeting of the Waters: Owen Love

Playwright, theatre performer and diesel mechanic Owen Love is one of the artists featured in Meeting of the Waters, a project supported by Country Arts SA involving a residency at Wellington, the development of a series of short films, interviews and blog posts featured on a website – and culminating in a show at the Wellington courthouse in September.  Owen is … More

Meeting of the Waters: Michelle Murray

Writer and storyteller Michelle Murray is driven by the need to understand herself and the family she has chosen – she is a white woman married to an Aboriginal man, with whom she has two children. Synergistically, Michelle’s latest project, Meeting of the Waters, is one of a number of creative investigations by artists and communities along South Australia’s stretch … More

Gardening on the edge

Business woman and artist Winnie Pelz has created a safe haven where she can scratch in the earth in her beautiful garden perched on the wild south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. I spoke to her for Fleurieu Living magazine about her passion for art and gardening, and blending with the environment.

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Meeting of the Waters: Richard Hodges

In Meeting of the Waters, photographer Richard Hodges, of Cadell Street Studio in Goolwa, captures the changing moods of the people and the landscape using both photography and film. He chronicles Owen Love’s story and responds creatively to Michelle Murray’s poetic tales with enigmatic images of the region.  Richard has a picture of himself as a child holding an old Kodak viewfinder camera that his … More

Meeting of the Waters: Kylie Kain

Kylie Kain is a singer/songwriter who lives on a cattle farm on the southern Fleurieu with her three children. Kylie’s song ‘Stompin the Ground’ – written for Reconciliation Week in 2014 – won the National Sing Loud Competition for best original song, judged by Gurrumul and Delta Goodrem. The song is on the Reconciliation Week website (www.reconciliation.org.au), and features Kylie and … More