ra­dio host Polly Gille­spie

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -


The broad­caster I most ad­mire is… Fox News host, Shep Smith, de­spite the fact he’s on that lu­di­crously con­ser­va­tive chan­nel. He is a bril­liant, as­tute and like­able broad­caster. When I need to wind down… I meet my friend Tanya for cof­fee and a good chat. Tanya makes my soul feel like it’s been put on the chill cy­cle. She bal­ances my cre­ative nut­ti­ness with her an­a­lyt­i­cal way of look­ing at life. If I could bring some­one fa­mous back

from the dead it would be… Sir Peter Blake. It seems lu­di­crous that such a good man, who was all about bet­ter­ing the world, was killed by evil no­bod­ies. The world needs more good men.

My most prized posses­sion is… Pho­tos of my dad and my sis­ter who are no longer alive. My ad­vice to my 16-year-old self would

be… None of these pop­u­lar kids at school now will mat­ter to you in five, 10, 20, 30 years. Noth­ing they say to you or about you mat­ters one tiny bit. Con­cen­trate in­stead on the smart and kind peo­ple. If I won a bil­lion dol­lars I would…

Spend my life trav­el­ling ev­ery­where with the peo­ple

I love and spend­ing weeks stay­ing in cool and funky neigh­bour­hoods all around the world. The three words my friends would use to de­scribe me are…‘ A great lis­tener.’ De­spite be­ing paid to talk and write, in real life I am far more com­fort­able lis­ten­ing to other peo­ple. Ev­ery­one has a story and ev­ery­one’s story is in­ter­est­ing. I like peo­ple more than I like an­i­mals, and that’s not some­thing you hear very of­ten, right? The film or book that changed my

life was… The doc­u­men­tary The True Cost. It re­ports on the ethics or lack of ethics in the cloth­ing in­dus­try. Just like S.A.F.E changed the way I buy eggs and meat, this doc­u­men­tary com­pletely changed where I shop and what I buy. I be­lieve it’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity to do what I can to make the world a bet­ter place, even if it’s one dress or a dozen eggs at a time. My dream hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion is…

Ja­pan, but I just have this haunt­ing feel­ing I’ll never go there. I won­der what holds me back?

Eat­ing, talk­ing and laugh­ing. I love to cook and make peo­ple happy with food.”

THE THING I AL­WAYS CARRY IN MY HAND­BAG IS… Mints, my phone, M.A.C lip­stick in Twig, Nuro­fen, mi­graine med­i­ca­tion, a tooth pick, read­ing glasses. At school I wanted to be... COOL. I WANTED DES­PER­ATELY TO BE COOL. I ALSO WANTED TO BE FA­MOUS.

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