On the Couch with Simon Gleeson

Simon-Gleeson-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Simon Gleeson?
If I only knew. I should say – husband, father, friend, and storyteller but the truth is I have no idea.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Luckily, I’m doing exactly what I always dreamed of doing. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunities afforded to me. I once had a romantic notion of being a farmer. Until I realized how difficult it is.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m constantly inspired by people. It’s a growing, eclectic list. My latest inspiration is Professor Sue Black. She’s so clever and powerful and has a wicked sense of humour.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d love to find a cure for cancer and a unified approach to global warming. That’d be nice. But realistically, just small, everyday acts of kindness.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I’d usually list certain places in Europe but we managed to get to Bright between lockdowns and it was beautiful.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
My town is Geelong and I always take people down the Great Ocean Road. It rivals any coastline in the world.

What are you currently reading?
Native Son by Richard Wright.

What are you currently listening to?
We just put up our Christmas tree so there are Carols playing. It’s premature, but if ever there was a year to start celebrating early, it’s this one.

Happiness is?
Family time interspersed with quiet solitude.

What does the future hold for you?
Carols by Candlelight – this year with an audience!

Simon joins a stellar line-up of performers at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve (Friday 24 December). For more information, visit: www.carols.visionaustralia.org for details.

Image: Simon Gleeson (supplied)