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#7 Sian Prior on loss
Professor Margot Prior was a pioneer in the advancement of autism research in Australia. She was also a multi-talented talented musician, and a loving mother. Her life ended when she contracted the coronavirus in an aged care facility this year. In this episode, Sally Warhaft speaks to Margot’s daughter, Sian Prior – a writer and memoirist – about Margot's wonderful life, and Sian's personal experience of loss during this most difficult year.
Content warning: this episode includes discussions of death and illness.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
Sian Prior is a writer, broadcaster and creative writing teacher. She presents programmes on ABC Radio and writes a monthly column for Fairfax. Sian's essays have been published in Meanjin and her first book, Shy: A Memoir, was published by Text in 2014.
The Leap Year
The Leap Year is a podcast about the stretching, shrinking days of 2020, and the impact Covid-19 has had on Australians’ lives, presented by Sally Warhaft.