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Thomas Banks

A portrait photo of Thomas BanksI have a mild case of cerebral palsy, but I'm a very keen writer. At 16, I self-published my own book about living with a disability. Now I want to become a journalist. I have completed work experience at different newspapers around Victoria. I have also worked for the Victorian Government's Youth Central website as a roving reporter.

I particularly enjoy writing about theatre and film. One of the highlights of my reporting career so far was interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at the TV Week Logie Awards, and I would love the opportunity to do it again.


Thomas Banks's articles

Weave Movement Theatre

Weave Movement Theatre is one of Victoria's premier movement and dance companies and works with a range of people with and without disabilities. The company is led by Janice Florence who lives as a paraplegic, but she has worked in the areas of dance and movement for several years. She has worked and had residences with Karen Nelson, Diverse Dance in the USA, Touchdown and CanDoCo in the UK, all of which have contributed to her professional practice as a dance artist.

Posted by: Thomas Banks, on 14/10/13 | Arts | Artists spotlight

Glimpse - a review

I went to see a show called Glimpse at a theatre venue in Melbourne. It's about the lives of 8 different characters. It's about how talking to a stranger can lead to something more meaningful. It talks about issues of homelessness, isolation, alcohol and divorce within relationships. I was able to relate to some of the themes. I highly recommend this play.

Posted by: Thomas Banks, on 22/11/12 | Out & about | Theatre

Artist creates new form

Maysa is a Melbourne artist who has a vision impairment. She recently had a theatrical show called Nest at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. In her show the audience walks through an area where they experience the forms of hearing, touching, smelling and tasting. Maysa asks the audience to describe objects to her. She wants them to imagine the world from her eyes. Maysa's creativity is influenced by her Egyptian and Italian background, and her disability.

Posted by: Thomas Banks, on 23/10/12 | Arts | Artists spotlight

TV Week Logies 2012

The 2012 TV Week Logies were held on Sunday night in Melbourne. The well-known and popular night recognises and awards people who work in television. This year, special guests from overseas included the British boy band One Direction. I was on the red carpet to talk to celebrities as they arrived at the awards. I asked some confronting questions. I wanted to know 'Why aren't there any people with disabilities represented on television?' Most celebrities said people with disabilities should be on television. This opinion was shared by the night's Gold Logie winner Hamish Blake.

Posted by: Thomas Banks, on 18/04/12 | Out & about | Events

2012 Australian Deaf Games

The 2012 Australian Deaf Games were held in Geelong in January. Some of the athletes were from overseas. Athletes from Samoa and Fiji competed in the games for the first time. About 18 sports are played. They include swimming, beach volleyball and netball. The athletes said they enjoyed the games. There was a wonderful atmosphere and it was fun. More than 1000 athletes and visitors went to the Games. The first Australian Deaf Games were in 1964. They are organised by Deaf Sports Australia.

Posted by: Thomas Banks, on 02/02/12 | Lifestyle | Sport

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