My South Australian Life

Oct 29, 2021
My South Australian Life

‘The most testing time is the one we are currently in’

Life has brought both great adventures and insurmountable grief for Judy Potter, an arts and community leader whose role as chair of Adelaide Festival sees her helping steer the organisation through one of the most difficult times the sector has ever faced.

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Jan 15, 2021
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“You always come to crossroads in life”

Luthier Jim Redgate often finds himself torn between his workshop and the call of the ocean. When he’s not building guitars or kitesurfing, he might be found snowboarding, playing gigs, fixing up up his old Holden EH, beekeeping or making wine.

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Dec 18, 2020
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“In most pursuits, talent will only get you so far”

Growing up in the country, Catherine Branson developed early on the resilience necessary for a high-flying career. The Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and inaugural chair of a new ASO project highlighting female composers says she also took it for granted that “generally speaking, if a boy can do it, a girl can do it also”.

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Nov 13, 2020
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‘Ballet is a huge part of my identity’

From Adelaide's Hyde Park to the Australian Ballet, Jill Ogai had her eyes on the prize as a child and has worked through injury and setback to become a soloist.

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Nov 6, 2020
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“The simple joy of not just looking, but seeing”

Brian Parkes – CEO of Adelaide’s JamFactory – left home more than 30 years ago and drove his bright blue Datsun 180B to Hobart to embark on a journey that in many ways, he says, he is still on today.

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Oct 9, 2020
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‘People will always remember how you make them feel’

Debbie Ryan was living a blessed life, married to her highschool sweetheart, with two beautiful children. Tragically, following years of incessant bullying, her daughter Maddy took her own life. Debbie is now on a mission to show just how deeply our actions can affect others.

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Aug 30, 2020
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“Neurosis surrounded us… we just got on with life”

Writer and performance poet Geoff Goodfellow is known for his "brutally electric" style, but he reveals a more vulnerable side in a new memoir about his boyhood. Here, he shares the story of his life ­­– from working-class lad to literary icon.

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Aug 16, 2020
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“I can honestly say I feel I’ve been stripped down to my soul”

Working on radio is the perfect job for Mel Dzelde, a vivacious and funny mum of three who loves music and meeting people. But Mel is also fighting for her life after cancer came knocking again. She reveals how she stays positive and how a personal bond with Oprah Winfrey keeps her spirits up.

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Jul 26, 2020
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“Eat good food and don’t drink bad wine”

Chef Chris Jarmer, 48, hails from restaurant royalty. His parents Peter and Kathy owned Jarmer's fine dining restaurant on Kensington Road for years and today Chris has carved out his own niche in the hospitality game. Here, he talks about cooking, business, meeting a long-lost sister and marrying into another Adelaide food and wine dynasty.

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Jul 3, 2020
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“I never really left the world of make-believe”

Geoff Cobham is the artistic brain behind some of SA’s most awe-inspiring creations – Adelaide Festivals, mind-bending light shows and now Patch Theatre. His partner, Restless Dance Theatre’s Roz Hervey and their daughter, actor Tilda Cobham-Hervey, share his love of the arts.

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Jun 12, 2020
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“I don’t want people to be fearful about what they don’t know”

Jane Russo is the kind of person who can’t sit still for too long. The City of Unley councillor accepts all challenges head on, and this persistence has been on show when campaigning for a cause close to her heart – awareness for the rights of transgender and non-binary young people.

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May 31, 2020
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“It has been far better to be locked down with artworks than without”

Diana Jaquillard is a recognisable character around Adelaide, with her signature short, blunt fringe and stylish, eccentric glasses. One of the greatest loves in Diana’s life is art, and the retired graphic designer is always championing new talent as a board member for the Helpmann Academy Foundation. Here’s her story.

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May 24, 2020
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“I loved and craved the interaction with the audience”

Alex Ward is a barrister who’s held leadership roles in the law nationally and internationally. But the 56-year-old is also a funny bloke who could have carved out a career in comedy, just like his mate Shaun Micallef. Here’s his story.

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Apr 26, 2020
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“I love working through a crisis”

Meet Hitaf Rasheed - responsible for many of the state's biggest events as the leader of Events South Australia. She is passionate about her family, the Port Adelaide Football Club, where she worked with for almost a decade, and promoting South Australia. And there's a lot more to her story.

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Apr 5, 2020
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Angela De Palma says it’s all “water off a duck’s back”

Angela De Palma is well-known in South Australia’s theatre and culinary worlds, starting out as a chef before working in the arts. The grandmother loves Pokemon Go and her motorbike, and plans to end up with a full bodysuit of tattoos one day.

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Mar 29, 2020
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Ryan Fitzgerald: Locked down again but loving life

Ryan Fitzgerald, 43, rose to fame through footy, then reality television, before carving out a respected media career. Here, “Fitzy” talks about his injury-plagued time in the AFL, Big Brother, becoming a dad and his recent brush with COVID-19.

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Mar 20, 2020
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“Whoever you are, you are living on in me”

Cassy Bonnes, 53, knows heartbreaking loss – and resilience. This dirt-bike riding mum of two explains how she has found a way to be happy and comfortable in her own skin.

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Mar 13, 2020
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“I felt instinctively that there was something the doctors were missing”

Amanda O’Connor, 37, is a carer for her son Tyler who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) just before his third birthday. Here she talks about her dream of becoming a mum, how the doctors once misread Tyler’s condition and her focus to live the best life for her family.

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