Dr Paola A. Magni is a forensic biologist who investigates crimes, writes scripts for the Italian version of CSI, is a scuba instructor, and is a researcher and senior lecturer at Perth's Murdoch University. She also represented Australia at FameLab International, a major science communication competition held in Cheltham. I caught up with Paola to find out more about this extraordinary woman.
Melanie Brown is the founder of the New Zealand Cellar and the Australian Cellar - specialist wine shops and bars in Brixton that stock dynamic antipodean wine producers. We met with Melanie to talk about her passion for bringing the best wines and events to a UK audience. Image credit Andy Barnham
Leanne Benjamin, AM OBE, is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet. She is also the recipient for the inaugural Agent-General Queensland Day Award for Queenslanders making a strong contribution in Europe. Image credit Johan Persson
Maeve Marsden is an Australian based performer, writer and producer. Along with her creative partner, Libby Wood, Maeve is touring the UK with Mother's Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, a feminist exploration of the history of gin that sells out seasons around the world. I caught up with Maeve halfway through her UK tour. Image credit: Patrick Boland
Maxine Thompson, founder of PolkaPants, solves the problem of uncomfortable workwear for female chefs by bringing together her two passions: food and fashion. I chatted with Maxine about her journey into entrepreneurship and her passion for all things functional, ethical and designer.
Samantha Crawford: Soprano, opera singer, mentor, Co-Founder and Director of the Creative Professionals Network Australia. (Image Samantha Crawford, soprano. Copyright Jeremy Hosking)
Christabel Draffin is an Australian make-up artist who works with leading celebrities, fashion designers and magazines in London. I caught up with her to find out about her work and life.
Joy Rhoades is an Australian author and lawyer who lives in London. Her book, The Woolgrower’s Companion, has just been released in London to excellent reviews, and McKitterick Prize shortlisting, to boot. I caught up with her to talk writing, travel and London.
The Indigenous women’s and men’s cricket teams will begin a UK tour this week. They will be commemorating the first Aboriginal cricket team- and also the first sporting team from Australia - to tour internationally over 150 years ago. I interviewed the Captain of the women's team and cricket all-rounder, Ashleigh Gardner, ahead of this exciting event.
Former Paralympic swimmer, Elizabeth Wright, is an Australian who now lives in the UK. She found time in her busy schedule as author and speaker to talk about travel, life in the UK, and her work at the cutting edge of character education.
Bush heritage Australia’s female Aboriginal leaders, Cissy Gore-Birch and Leanne Liddle, are visiting London to talk about their work with Bush Heritage Australia. I caught up with them to talk about their work, their commitment to making a difference for future generations, and their plans for London. (Photo Credit: Bush Heritage Australia)
Dr Meredith Jones is a Reader in Sociology at Brunel University London, where she runs the Research Centre for Global Lives. She has written books about the social and cultural aspects of cosmetic surgery, hair, and blood, and speaks internationally about feminism, popular culture, and bodies. I caught up with Meredith to talk about her work, London and women in academia.
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