Feature Week 12: ABC Radio
Across Australia, ABC Radio is providing wonderful exposure and publicity for the National Year of Reading. In the twelfth week of our celebrations, we feature three ABC Radio hosts, Nadine Maloney from Alice Springs, Louise Maher from Canberra and Lisa Pellegrino from Darwin.
Rather than a radio program host, Lisa is currently a producer at ABC 105.7 Darwin Radio and an entertainer. She has several years experience in community and commercial radio in Adelaide and Darwin. As part of her studies in Anthropology, Lisa spent time in rural Nepal and India working in the field of community development, through the use of media and communications. Her loves include entertainment, music, art, theatre, culture, comedy, community and people.
Lisa's thoughts on reading and the National Year of Reading
Reading is important on so many levels. It’s a vital life skill for everyday living, it is an invaluable tool to gain knowledge and subsequently, power, and it is also an art that has the potential to carry you away to other worlds. I am really excited about the way in which the National Year of Reading is communicating to so many different people in so many ways how important and exciting reading can be. I am looking forward in getting involved in any local and national events that involve the community in fun, interactive and creative ways!
Lisa's reading habits
- When do you read? Due to my job and personal interests, each morning I read the newspaper in its physical or online form. When out and about, I get my hands on any free press detailing what's going on in the art and music scene and also the local community at large. If I have time at night or weekend, I get into some more in depth personal reading from articles and books, to poetry and magazines.
- Do you have a favourite genre? I love to read ethnographies (in depth field studies on specific cultures). I enjoy finding out about the everyday lives, histories and stories of everyday people. It not only ‘takes me away’ to these places but allows gives me a different or greater insight into the ‘real’ world, beyond the pages.
- Which book is by your bedside right now? ‘Effie's guide to being up yourself’ by Mary Coustas. It’s a book ‘written’ by fictional character; second generation Greek-girl Effie (from 90’s TV comedy series “Acropolis Now”). I love reading books by strong female comedians and this particular read is a harmless, light and funny look on how to live life with over-the-top pizzazz and ultra big hair!
- What was the last book you bought from a bookshop? ‘Dreamgirl: my life as a Supreme’ by Mary Wells, bought from a second hand bookstore. I love autobiographies about people, industries or eras that I adore. I bought this for a friend who loves the Supremes. It details the life of Mary Wells and her not quite so supreme time as a member of the successful Motown group.
- What was the last book you received as a gift? My mother gave me the book ‘Fires in the dark’ by journalist and broadcaster Louise Doughty. The story is set in 1927 Central Europe and tells the story of a young Roma or Gypsy boy named Yenko and his family’s struggle to survive World War II, the Nazi invasion and the Prague Uprising. It also tells the more personal story of Yenko and his further struggle for love and identity.
How do you get hold of books?
I am a big op shopper and usually get my books from second hand book stores and op shops. When I have a specific field or book in mind, I borrow from public libraries.
Lisa might be interested in taking a look at a new online venture from National Year of Reading partner, Brotherhood Books. It is intended to encourage the recycling of high quality books and to contribute funds to the Brotherhood’s charitable operations. The Brotherhood of St Laurence is also having a special sale in all their community stores from 1-12 May, offering all books for $1.
- Do you remember learning to read? Yes I do, clearly. I remember my mum sitting with me in my bed, me wrapped up under her arm. She would trace each word, underlying it with her finger, slowly reading each one out loud to me. I’d regularly interrupt asking what a word meant or getting her to repeat to me how it was pronounced. We would read all kinds of children’s books from Fairytales, to adventure stories and more.
- Did you like to read as a child? As a young child, I really enjoyed getting lost in the stories, challenges and achievements of reading. As I got a bit older though, and through to my highschool years, I only saw reading as a necessary means to an ends (school work, exams, daily life etc.). However, when I entered into University, I became passionate about reading again as I had discovered the types of literature I truly loved to read and soon felt empowered by the knowledge and insight I could gain.
- Do you have a favourite book from your childhood? This may seem strange because it is my favourite book…but I actually don’t remember the name of the book! It was a ‘class reader’ I took from the shelves of my Grade One classroom. It was the story of a young boy named ‘Leaf’ who lived in the jungle. It wasn’t the most in depth, challenging or adventurous story I had ever read but it was the first book that really took me away to another world. I loved being able to read about a boy who lived in a different country and culture and the world he was surrounded by. That year, I would borrow it again and again and again until my teacher finally said I had to choose a new book!
- Where do you read? If I’m at home, I’ll take the book outside or into the living room because I like to read in relaxed open spaces. I also take books or magazines with me to read in parklands, at the beach or in cafes. I travel a lot and so you will also find me reading on buses, on planes, on boats and in hotel rooms. Pretty much, anywhere except my bedroom.