Siobhan McHugh
ORAL HISTORIAN
WRITER
DOCUMENTARY-MAKER
Siobhan McHugh
Siobhan McHugh
Born in Dublin, Siobhan McHugh graduated from University College Dublin with a B. Sc and worked as an editor, writer, and radio producer, before emigrating to Australia in 1985.
An award-winning writer and documentary-maker, Siobhan has broad experience of oral history as a practitioner, teacher and consultant. Her oral histories range across social, cultural, scientific, environmental, multicultural and political themes and have been made into books, films, TV and radio documentaries, CDs, a stage play, and featured on-line.
Siobhan has won the NSW Premier's literary award for non-fiction and been shortlisted twice for the NSW Premier's History awards. Her radio documentaries have won international awards [gold and bronze medal, New York Radio Festival] and been shortlisted for a Walkley, a Eureka science award and the United Nations Media Peace Prize.
Documentaries
Siobhan at her desk
Documentaries Siobhan has co-written include Echo of a Distant Drum, a series for ABC TV on the Irish in Australia and The Irish Empire for SBS TV on the Irish diaspora. She has published six books, including The Snowy: The People Behind the Power, which won the NSW Premier's Douglas Stewart Award for Non-fiction in 1990.
Current
Siobhan was appointed Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Wollongong in 2008. She was awarded a doctorate in creative arts in 2011 on the creative crafting of oral history for radio documentary. Title: Oral History and the Radio Documentary/Feature: Intersections and Synergies.Gay Wilson0).
The audio clip below is of Gay Wilson from Sydney, who grew up in a mixed marriage in the '40s and '50s and has contributed her story to Marrying Out, which was the creative component of Siobhan's DCA. Brought up Catholic in a mixed marriage, Gay married a Presbyterian in 1960, against his family's wishes.
Audio Clip