Valley teenager gets a chance to go Heywire on the air

By EMMA CORNFORD

GRAFTON teenager Bridie Jabour may want to leave the Clarence Valley, but she knows when she does she will be leaving a lot behind ? her memories, friends and everything she grew up with.

It was writing down those bittersweet feelings which led to her winning ABC Radio's regional youth initiative, Heywire, for the north coast region.

The idea of Heywire is for entrants to submit a short story for a three-minute radio piece about life as they experience it in rural and regional Australia.

"I knew about the competition but it was our deputy who got me the entry form ... because I'm interested in journalism and writing," Bridie said.

"I was in Newcastle when I got a call from a guy at the ABC telling me ... and then a guy from Lismore ABC came up a couple of weeks later to record the story.

"It was too noisy in my house to record it so we ended up having to go down a little lane away from the highway because trucks kept on going past the house."

As part of her prize, Bridie will travel to Canberra in February to take part in the Heywire Youth Issues Forum at the Australian Institute of Sport.

"I'm pretty excited about that because I've been involved in stuff like Youth Parliament and debating down there ... and I had an awesome time last time I went down to Canberra."

Bridie's story was aired this morning on ABC local radio and will also be played on national youth broadcaster, Triple J.



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