Taghred Chandab is an award-winning
author with more than 10 years experience as a print
radio producer. She currently writes for the Sun-Herald in Sydney where most of her focus is on building
the bridge between the Australian Muslim community
and the media. Her work is also helping to educate
readers about Islam and to curb the misconceptions
that have plagued the religion and community for
so many years.
her award-winning book The Glory Garage – Growing
up Lebanese Muslim, which she wrote with
Nadia Jamal, Taghred has been able to reach out
to an important
part of the Australian community, students. The
of personal information revealed in this book has
been an asset to many schools, which have sought
Taghred's knowledge in this area to help
students identify with Australian-Muslims. She
hopes to continue
writing many more books about Islam and Muslims.
The book was short listed at the 2006 Premiers'
Literary Awards and short listed and received an
Award at the 2006 CBCA Awards.
other passion is the media. She has been in the industry
for almost 10 years and worked
both as a writer and radio producer for Steve
Price at 2UE and also as a freelance producer for the
ABC. Taghred was also a Media and Public Relations Manager
in the National Soccer League, travelling across
the country and around the world with some of
leading football stars.
has a daughter, Janah, and is expecting her second child
in December 2006.
from Year 9 students at Willoughby Girls' H.S:
thought the things she talked about were interesting, especially
hearing her point of view about
the Cronulla riots and Bankstown. It was interesting
first hand opinion because she is a Muslim.
thought that she really felt passionate about the judgment
of Muslims in our society.
feelings in writing was a big part of
enjoyed the fact that she had a really strong opinion about
made me feel as if she was just like us. After meeting her
I understand how hard it
is for Lebanese Muslims and how they feel when they are
the [media] spotlight.
know what to expect as I had never
met a Lebanese person before so
I was surprised at how unintimidating she was. She explained
of her culture, which was good.
thought it was really enjoyable and interesting
because she involved the audience
as if she was just speaking to you. Also, some of her
stories were passionate
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