Today 4BC Radio Brisbane (111.6 AM) interviewed me LIVE about my gutsy memoir, ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness. I revealed how parents at my school harassed me, teacher Karen Tyrrell, to breaking point and Beyond. I gulped deep breaths throughout the interview … Could I really be that Brave?
Why the Interview NOW?
Today Queensland teachers and students returned to school.
Radio announcers, Moyd and Loretta of 4BC radio wanted a REAL Teacher story with a different angle. They focused on how students and teaching have changed. And the stress and harassment teachers are now experiencing.
How did this Interview Evolve?
Unexpectedly at 10.30 am today, I received an urgent message from the producer of 4BC Afternoons with Moyd Kay and Loretta Ryan program. She requested a LIVE telephone interview, urging me to say YES.
For two hours I prepared what I would say. When the phone rang at 1.07 pm I forced a SMILE so a happy voice would transmit over the radio waves. During the five minute interview, I divulged far more dramatic details about my personal harassment story than I planned. The words simply gushed out.
Here the intro on 4BC’s website …
“On the first day of school, Moyd and Loretta remind us to be kind to the teachers. They talk with former teacher and writer, Karen Tyrrell, about the stresses of teaching which lead to her downfall and resignation. “
Check out the 4BC link to the FULL audio recording …
As I’m typing this Blog, I’m still sweating and my heart pounding!
Where did I get the courage to say those words today?
What was the best part about the interview?
I hope my personal experiences on how my harassment triggered mental illness will open up further discussions in the community
** What did you think of my interview?
** How can schools be more supportive to Teachers?
PS 4BC radio requested I send a printed copy of ME AND HER: a Memoir of Madness for a Book Review.