When there are no more tears, just choking horror.

September 3 2015 I have had the privilege of working with many refugee communities in Australia and hearing first hand, stories of courage from people who’d fled persecution and war.  People who put their lives on the line for others, for a principle or a cause; people who just wanted to live a life of…

Animals: the abandoned mates of war

Nadyat El Gawley August 2 2015 The older she gets, the more pessimistic she feels. To writer Jill Mather, there’s no cure for humans’ lack of respect for animals. And so since her retirement, it’s been her mission to record their stories. Specifically, those that perished in war. Eight million animals died in the Great…

A Year of Exchange: Susan Price on being a socialist

Nadyat El Gawley April 25 2015 It was a year spent on an international student exchange that got Susan Price, Summer Hill’s Socialist Alliance candidate, interested in politics. That, a relationship and a film. Tall with red hair, Ms Price says her friendships with Chileans while on exchange in the United States in the early…

Saving Racehorses: Reform or Revolution?

Note: I wrote this story before the Melbourne Cup and the tragic death of two horses there yesterday.  I have since tried to talk to the Australian Racing Board about whether they will now talk to animal advocates given this is the second year in a row where horses have died at the race.  They…

Climate change, a clarion call for the arts

September 26 2014 Nadyat El Gawley In a week when thousands marched across the globe calling for action ahead of the UN Climate Summit, Australian artists were asking how will we live? As part of the fifth Sydney Fringe Festival, 14 artists and architects have collaborated to explore domestic spaces in an era of environmental…

The Sydney Sacred Music Festival 2014

Rehearsing at Sydwest in Blacktown, the chamber orchestra jams work around life and death. This is part of a performance for the Sydney Sacred Music Festival coming up in September. Performers are: Richard Petkovic, Assim Gorashi, Yaw Derkyi, Shohrat Tursun, Mark Szeto and Victor Valdes. This was recorded as part of an upcoming series of…

Use My Body As A Bridge To The other Side Of The River

Street Stories Wednesday 21 September 2005 1:30PM Use My Body As A Bridge To The other Side Of The River http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/streetstories/use-my-body-as-a-bridge-to-the-other-side-of-the/3364574 This program is a journey alongside three Melbourne women from Muslim communities who share their stories of change. Confronting stereotypes with good humour and thoughtfulness, Reem, Nazife and Suzanne break through barriers of sexism…