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ABC names winners of regional storyteller scholarship

The ABC has awarded its regional storyteller scholarship to two content makers with disabilities from regional NSW and Queensland.

Catherine Mahony of Newcastle and Marlena Katene from the Gold Coast will spend three months working in a regional ABC bureau to develop their storytelling and content-making skills.

“I love telling stories.  I am keen to highlight how easy it can be for us all to develop more inclusive and accessible venues for people with disability,” said Katene, who hopes to develop a series about accessibility at music festivals and gigs for people with a disability.

Mahony stated that the scholarship will allow her to report on social issues facing people with disability from an authentic perspective.

Catherine Mahony, from Newcastle, is one of two winners this year

Acting director of ABC regional and local, Judith Whelan, added that the scholarship was important to her team.

“Through the wonderful contributions of our first scholarship recipient in 2018, Eliza Hull, we have been able to bring audiences stories about disability, produced by people with disability. Stories that would otherwise not have been told,” she said.

Hull produced an eight part series for RN called ‘We’ve Got This: Parenting with a Disability’, and also wrote for ABC Life.

Now in its second year, the scholarship has been expanded to two awards per year after the government matched the ABC’s funding commitment. The expansion was announced in December last year as part of celebrations to mark International Day of People with Disability.

“The talent displayed has been outstanding,” said assistant minister for social services, housing and disability services, Sarah Henderson.

“Both winners are passionate storytellers, sharing powerful and positive stories.”

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