Susan 'Zela' Bissett

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Our guest on Radical Australia this week is a lovely artist and activist who called in from beautiful Gympie, Queensland. Zela grew up in the gorgeous surrounds of Hervey Bay and was into progressive grassroots organising and activism from a young age. Zela was a member of the Self Management Group, a libertarian communist organisation and was a part of the 1970s Right to March movement. She created the Sisters of Mary performance trio who buoyed the activists during gatherings against the damning of the Mary River in 2007. An incredible popular front arose in that campaign during the Millenium Drought. Zela has a Masters of Environmental Education and is a potter. Make sure to check out some of Zela's beautiful artworks on her website. Thank-you for being our guest this week, Zela.

Sisters of Mary l-r Zela, Glenda Pickersgill, Joolie Gibbs

Scenes from a Right to March protest, Brisbane 1977 c/o The Guardian

Zela with former Self Management group members who turned out for the Mary River protest 2007 l-r Zela, John Jiggens, Frank (Mirtek), Drew Hutton 

The Radical Australia team, Joe Toscano and Kelly Whitworth.
Wednesday 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Listen in as host Joe Toscano yarns with a different guest each week about their experience in movements and campaigns for progressive social change.


Joe Toscano and Kelly Whitworth