On the Couch with Jo Trilling

Jo-Trilling-courtesy-of-the-ABCWho is Jo Trilling?
After many years working in the wonderful world of arts festivals, I returned to journalism and now host the Drive program on ABC Radio Perth. Story telling is in my blood and I enjoy nothing more than having a chat and giving voice to those who would otherwise go unheard.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I’ve long dreamt of running a book cafe with my dearest friend Marnie Karmelita or getting stuck into documenting my family history. My great-grandparents escaped from Russia to France via Scandinavia aided by a well-known Finnish composer. Quite the tale! I also want to find out more about my Jewish grandfather’s work with the resistance during WW2.

Who inspires you and why?
Nurses, teachers, social workers, mental health workers… All the incredible people who teach and care for the most vulnerable in our community, often for little recognition or pay.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Better standards of education for all kids! More arts! More empathy!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
In July my family escapes winter by heading to the northwest of WA – a very special place where the desert meets the sea. We camp at Warroora Station watching the whales and at night gaze at the stars from around the campfire. A true escape: no screens…no phones… just the waves. Then we head to Exmouth and explore the magical Ningaloo.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
We follow the well-trodden trail of beach, Kings Park and then Fremantle… And if they have a little more time, then we head to the southwest of WA – Redgate Beach in Margaret River is a favourite – and of course to the wineries.

What are you currently reading?
I just finished Tom Lake by one of my all-time favourite writers, the brilliant Ann Patchett. And have now picked up The Librarianist by Patrick deWitt, such warm gentle story-telling.

What are you currently listening to?
I used to consume podcasts at a terrifying rate. Alas, this has slowed of late. I still always make time to listen to the classic, Desert Island Discs, and I do enjoy Adam Buxton’s podcast. In terms of music, Jeanne Louise Galice (better known by her stage name Jain) is on high rotation.

Happiness is?
The beach with my family, our dog and a book in hand.

What does the future hold for you?
With kids ranging in age from 9 to 23 my future holds a whole lot more school drop offs, weekend sport and hopefully, one day, cruising around in a Kombi Van!

Jo Trilling is the host of the Drive program on ABC Radio Perth. For more information, visit: www.abc.net.au for details.

Image: Jo Trilling – courtesy of the ABC