It’s about time I shared some of my experiences from when I went to Makhanda to perform in the National Arts Festival in June.
And where better to start than with a clip of an interview I gave for Algoa FM shortly before heading out of Cape Town.
The clip explains a little about what I was going to be doing at the National Arts Festival, and the show in which I was playing some of my music – hopefully it’ll give you an introduction to my next few articles.
One of the other performers, pianist Michelle Nel, and I were also interviewed on SAFM and I’ll try to share that interview with you as soon as I get a copy from the radio station.
I still find it difficult to find words to explain exactly what the experience of being selected to perform in a show at the National Arts Festival meant to me. But I’ll try to do so over the coming weeks.
I hope you’ll join me for the remainder of my amazing adventure!
One of the most amazing, unexpected consequences of my recent publicity is that people have been reaching out to me for advice to help them or family members who are losing their sight – one wonderful gentleman even tracked me down after a radio interview in a feat of investigative work that would have done any private investigator proud!
I love the range of questions I’m asked, from a lady whose husband is struggling to accept the reality of her sight loss, to specific questions about what assistive technology is available to help with particular tasks. I also occasionally get questions about writing and publishing books, which are equally great.
I’ve always been fortunate to have people around me who have helped me to find answers to the questions I’ve had. As such, I consider it a privilege to be able to help others in my turn.
If you, or someone in your family or circle of friends, is losing their sight please feel free to contact me through my website www.loisstrachan.com or on any of the social media channels where I’m active.
Here is a link to an interview that was aired several times on RX Radio, the radio station of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
What makes this interview so special is that Qaqamba, the person who interviewed me, was just 13 years old. RX Radio, with the tag line “By the Children, For the Children” is a radio station hosted by long term patients of the Red Cross Hospital and their programming is aimed at their fellow patients. Sure, there is a certain amount of adult guidance and supervision, but the children are trained to host and run their own shows. I think it’s an amazing concept and was super impressed by how professional the young presenters are.
I was recently interviewed for one of my favourite podcasts, Blind Abilities – you can listen to the interview here:
Blind Abilities is a podcast focussed on empowering people who are blind or visually impaired. The podcast is presented by Jeff Thompson and Pete Lane. I first started listening when a friend, Chris Venter, aka Blind Scooter Guy, was interviewed and then started looking at what else they had to offer.
They cover several different subjects, which appear to be split into two main categories:
* Assistive products/skills
The assistive products and skills episodes usually either show us how to use our assistive technology better or showcase products on the market for people who are blind or visually impaired. It’s amazing how a few simple techniques can make a real difference in speeding up what I’m doing on my iPhone or my JAWS screenreader. It also makes sense to keep up with what is out there in the market– you never know what apps or gadget may come along and revolutionise your life. Well, okay – I never know what apps and gadgets may come along and revolutionise MY life, but you know what I mean.
Jeff and Pete also conduct interviews with blind and visually impaired people who are out there doing amazing things in the world. I regularly find myself nodding in agreement since the interviews resonate with me so much. As you can imagine, I was overwhelmed when I was offered the chance to be interviewed – thanks, Jeff!
If you’re interested in hearing really inspiring stories of how blind and visually impaired people live extraordinary lives, then give Blind Abilities a listen. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
You can find Blind Abilities on www.blindabilities.com or wherever you download your podcasts.