About Helene Thomas

I've been a collector of stories since I was 19 but it wasn’t until I moved into audio storytelling that I found my true passion. I spent six years travelling between East Africa and Australia collecting stories for ABC Radio National and my PhD research. My plan is to tour around Tasmania in The Wayfinder Mobile Storytelling studio mapping my own homeland through stories.

September 2018

The Chameleon Architect

2018-09-25T14:04:42+00:00By |Categories: 30 Stories in 30 Days, Audio|

Australian architect Ross Langdon and his partner Elif Yavuz were eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child when they were both killed in the Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Nairobi in 2013. The tragic news sent shock-waves across the world as family, friends and colleagues learned of their untimely deaths. In just three years Ross had gained a reputation in East Africa for designing beautiful, ecological buildings, using innovative materials. He believed architects should be like chameleons, adapting their ideas to the surrounding landscape and the people and culture who lived in it. He formed close ties with the local communities he worked with and as a result he left behind a legacy as a dedicated architect and a loyal friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Elif had been doing research on malaria and working for the Clinton Foundation in Uganda and Tanzania. This documentary was first broadcast on ABC RN Earshot. Producer: Helene Thomas. Sound Engineer: Russell Stapleton. Supervising Producer: Claudia Taranto www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro…architect/8889788

A Welshman in Israel

2018-07-26T10:44:33+00:00By |Categories: 30 Stories in 30 Days, Audio, Photograph by Andrew Wilson|Tags: , , , |

As a 25-year-old Bob Frost found himself in Israel setting up the first Hertz car rental operation in that part of the world. It was the late 1960s and just as he was setting up the business trouble struck, and there he was in the middle of the Six-Day War. Bob tells his story from his Franklin home in southern Tasmania.