Talking with author and horse trainer Portland Jones for writingWA’s Cover to Cover

 

Cover to Cover is a monthly television program produced by writingWA and Westlink TV to showcase exciting Western Australian literary talent across a multiplicity of genres. The program is presented by Meri Fatin and she is quite simply its head, heart and soul, bringing a vibrancy and intelligence to each episode that immediately engages guests and viewers alike.  Our authors are fulsome in their praise for Meri and regularly feedback to us about how much they enjoyed the experience of being interviewed by her.  She is a much-valued member of the writingWA team and I cannot imagine Cover to Cover without her.

Sharon Flindell | CEO, writingWA

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I am writing to thank you for your important contribution to the Preventive Health Summit earlier this month. Your skilled facilitation of the Obesity Prevention Session was testimony to your thoughtful preparation and your experience in exploring complex themes from a range of perspectives.

Denise Sullivan | A-Assistant Director-General, Public and Aboriginal Health Division, WA Dept of Health

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Meri Fatin has been the Master of Ceremonies for our Graduate Fashion Show since 2011 and has become an integral part this annual occasion.  Each year Meri works closely with us to develop a script for the evening which is relevant and unique to the theme and location of the event. This involves research and discussion and I really value the collaborative nature of this relationship because I feel that Meri approaches the task in a serious, thoughtful and intelligent manner. It means that she actually gets what we do and she is able to communicate this to our audience. Meri’s involvement in our event goes way beyond just reading off a generic script, she always takes the time to make sure she pronounces all the names correctly and adds in relevant comments where necessary. The feedback we have received from our industry as well as parents is that Meri brings a sense of occasion to our event. Meri is definitely elegant, glamorous and has great stage presence, but more importantly she is professional, articulate, calm and confident

Anna Kotai| Course Co-ordinator,Associate Degree of Fashion and Textile Design, North Metropolitan TAFE

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Just wanted to say how delighted I was to be included in the recent Cover to Cover… I think  Meri Fatin is absolutely perfect as host of the show – knowledgeable, thoughtful, interested, interesting! Not only engage thoroughly with the material itself, her manner is really warm and personable; I think she sets an excellent tone for the whole show.

Meg McKinlay | WA Writer, author of the award-winning children’s novel A Single Stone.

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Meri is the consummate professional. I have engaged her services as an MC and narrator and she impressed diverse audiences. She mastered the protocol requirements within minutes for an event that involved the Governor, an African Queen Mother and guests from 50 plus backgrounds. Brava!

Anne-Maree Ferguson | Event Organiser, International Women’s Day WA Hall of Fame

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Recommendations: Meri Fatin with Waleed Aly
My second time interviewing Waleed Aly. This time at the Disrupted Festival of Ideas 2016

We brought Meri on board for the 2016 Disrupted Festival of Ideas as facilitator for key session in the program at the State Theatre Centre of WA. Most notably as interviewer with media personality, Waleed Aly, and as facilitator for a panel ‘Dismantling Gender Politics’. Meri took on both roles with care and enthusiasm. She went above and beyond, ensuring strong communication with the panelists and a keen understanding of their work and their topics of interest. As Executive Producer, I was confident with the program that Meri would deliver and knew it would be handled professionally and effectively. I would not hesitate to have Meri as part of any programs that GM Consulting might deliver in the future.

Georgia Malone | Executive Producer – Disrupted: Festival of Ideas
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As a facilitator, Meri was thorough in preparation and research prior to the event and showed careful thought and empathy in relation to a topic requiring sensitivity and respect  – and in a topic that was new to her. During our panel discussion, Meri was in the present moment,  simultaneously allowed conversation to flow and cover all topics and also ensured an equal balance of time for each panellist. At the end, she combined objectivity with genuine passion and interest. A relative newbie to the skill of facilitation came across as a veteran.

Sally Goldner | Executive Director, Transgender Victoria
Panellist, Disrupted Festival of Ideas

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Meri Fatin has been one of my preferred facilitators for sessions and events at Perth Writers Festival for a number of years. Meri’s enthusiasm and extensive research ensure panellists feel comfortable speaking about a wide range of issues while audiences engage with her lovely stage manner and conversational tone.
Meri has chaired a broad range of events for me, from fiction to performance to topical social issues and she approaches each with intelligence and empathy. It is a pleasure working with Meri and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a professional, considered and effective chair who can easily build rapport with audiences and panellists alike.

Katherine Dorrington | Program Manager: Perth Writers Festival

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We all thought Meri did an amazing job of facilitating the Q&A.

She was well focussed and articulate. It was wonderful that she’s attended twice so she knew the show content well. Her questions were relevant, well posed and encouraged responses from each and all of the cast. It was very evident that she found the show issues applicable to her own life which made the forum more meaningful because it helped to give the audience members permission to comment and ask questions. The length of the forum was a great indicator of how invested the audience became.

We’re very grateful to her for her terrific facilitation skills and easy manner … it was quite brilliant really.

Hellie Turner | Writer and Director Project Xan. PICA November 2016

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In 2016, Meri Fatin from Three Gates Media was invited to be involved in Spark_Lab, PICA’s education program. As part of our school partnership with Warnbro Community High School we ran the Moorditj Waankaniny (Deadly Talking), a 21st century story-telling program for young Indigenous people project with the school’s Aboriginal boys and girls. Meri was involved in our inspiration workshop with a host of other professionals  talking about storytelling and broadcasting and she also held a workshop in interviewing and audio recording skills with the kids. Meri is a consummate professional – she well researches her subject, is prepared, approachable, flexible and eager. Meri is always a delight to be around with her friendly, genuine disposition. She listens and gives wholeheartedly. I would thoroughly recommend Meri anytime.

Minaxi May | Education Program Curator | Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
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Meri was the supreme host for Fashion Talks and was an intelligent, lively and charming interviewer with the skills to draw out the best stories and most interesting ideas. Meri brought a deep multi-faceted appreciation of art, design and contemporary culture and a honed understanding of what makes for an entertaining, successful event that ensured Fashion Talks were a hit”

Meri was also integral to the planning in discussing possible guests, themes and ideas to create well-conceived series.

Meri also has a gift for radio interviews; the Audio Tour she created to accompany artist Lev Vykopal’s major Gallipoli centenary exhibition was outstanding and enlivened and enriched the experience for all our visitors.

Jim Cathcart | Director, Fremantle Arts Centre
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MEDIA AWARDS

DAILY NEWS CENTENARY PRIZE FOR WA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR 2013 
WA MEDIA AWARDS: BEST RADIO/AUDIO NEWS STORY OR FEATURE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WA_Media_Awards#2012_winners

AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS ( SHORTLISTED)
https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/media-releases/journalists-shortlisted-human-rights-awards

WA MEDIA AWARDS 2012 – BEST NEWS/CURRENT AFFAIRS STORY (RADIO/ONLINE)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WA_Media_Awards#2012_winners

UNAA MEDIA PEACE AWARDS 2007 – Finalist, Best Radio
UNAA MEDIA PEACE AWARDS 2006 – Winner Best Radio

https://aws1lcp38.webhosting.openconnect.com.au/~s1088380/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2000-2014_Winners_and_Finalists_MPA.pdf

http://www.ecu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/32594/ECUAR2006.pdf ( page 4)

Recommendations: Meri Fatin receiving UNAA Media Peace Award for Best Radio 2006
Receiving the UNAA Victoria Media Peace Award for Best Radio 2006. Pictured here with then Lord Mayor John So.

Media Student Awards:

Lillian P Cavanaugh Award for Broadcasting 2006

Top student of the year award

2006 Ossie Awards for Journalism Students 2006

Winner, Best TV News Story by a Post Grad student
Winner, Best Broadcast Current Affairs story by a post grad student