Following a suggestion from her psychologist, Kayleen Greagen-Castle decided to put her life onto paper.
The result is Red Raw; a deeply personal recounting of the toughest periods of Kayleen's life and the trauma she went through as a child.
Kayleen says writing the book was a cathartic experience for her, and helped her deal with her past.
"It's taken a long time to get here, and a great deal of healing has come from it.
"It's just a book about my life from, basically, the beginning right up until where I am now, and traversing all the roads that I've travelled and the stormy seas that I sailed, and found my way through.
"When I decided to write- well to actually publish my book, it was more for the fact that I have the ability to help others with my story, to realise that they're not alone and there's light at the end of the tunnel."
Kayleen's book Red Raw is due to be released this month, but she says she's already got some ideas for her next publication.
"I definitely think that there's more to say, and I've already got another idea for my next book, but I tried to say as much as I could in this book where... I don't really speak to the reader until the very end of the book, but I take the reader throughout my whole journey from beginning to end.
"Because this is my autobiography, I think anything that comes out of this will probably be down the route of memoirs, where I'll actually focus on one area of my life and share my story and delve a little bit deeper into certain parts."
Kayleen spent many years of her childhood in Andamooka, so it's only fitting that Andamooka is the final stop on her book launch tour.
"I'm really excited to be coming home, and coming back to where it all began and sharing my story.
"A lot of my life is based in Andamooka... so it's really exciting to finish my launch officially in Andamooka, and be able to celebrate with everyone back home.
Listen back to Kayleen's interview with RoxFM:
RED RAW is self-published, and will be launched at the Andamooka Community Hall on October 20 from 1pm.
For all businesses in the modern age, social media plays a massive role - and especially in Roxby Downs, where, just like over 15 million other active users in Australia, our platform of choice is Facebook
Because of this, if you want to maximise the reach of your business you probably need to be making sure you're using Facebook the right way for you.
Luckily Regional Development Australia has organised a Facebook Masterclass with Social Media AOK on October 25th, at 5.30pm at the Community Youth Centre to help get everyone up to scratch.
Simone Douglas from Social Media AOK will be running the course, and she says learning how to use Facebook properly can really help your business.
We don't normally get the chance to see many comedians in this part of the country, which is why hearing Carlo Ritchie is coming to Andamooka was such a surprise.
Carlo Ritchie has been performing comedy for years as part of the improv duo, The Bear Pack, has taken his talents overseas to international comedy festivals like the Edinburgh Fringe, and has even had a recurring spot on the ABC Comedy program, Tonightly with Tom Ballard, discussing issues affecting rural Australia.
Performing a free event in the Andamooka Community Hall, Carlo will be showcasing his comedy chops and improv skills.
Pip Stafford from the Andamooka Yacht Club helped organise the event, and she says she's seen him perform before and is looking forward to seeing what he brings to Andamooka on October 19th.
"He's very dry - he's got a very dry type of humour - and he's very smart. I think it's going to be a great show! He's very sarcastic, and I mean that's up my alley, I love that kind of humour, so it should be a hilarious night!
Originally performed on stage, Windmill Theatre Company's Rumpelstiltskin is making its way to the Roxbylink Cinema!
This latest imagining of the mischievous imp was filmed by Australian National Theatre Live, and will be presented to the people of Roxby Downs for Book Week.
According to Country Arts SA's Arts Programming Manager, Louisa Norman, the original stage production had a successful run in Adelaide back in 2016, and if you think you know the story of Rumpelstiltskin - think again!
Representatives from the West Adelaide Football Club have this week made their way to Roxby Downs, running training sessions with local football teams and school students.
Gemma Prendergast, WAFC's dietician, dropped in on RoxFM's Hub Cap to talk about the free nutrition sessions she's running in town.
The first session will be held at 10am at the Community Youth Centre and is all about nutrition for children.
For the second year in a row Andamooka is taking part in the South Australian Living Arts Festival for the whole month of August.
This time around a colourful display of mosaics adorn the fencing around the community garden running along side the community hall.
This year, artist Heather Gordon shared her passion for mosaics with the residents of Andamooka, teaching them the ins-and-outs of the medium and providing some of her own work to display in the garden.
"It's a bit funky, and there are lots of cool things to see," says Pip Stafford from the Andamooka Yacht Club, which is housed in the community hall.
Having improvised over 1,500 shows, Adam Page promises that no two performances are the same - each gig is a world premiere!
The Adelaide based performer is headed to Roxby Downs as part of a Country Arts SA music tour, prides himself on making each performance as unique as possible.
Adam, who originally trained as a saxophonist, will be bringing up to 15 instruments with him when he performs at the Roxbylink Auditorium, from traditional instruments like keyboards to the lesser known nose flute.
Using a loop pedal, Adam plays a piece of music with one instrument and keeps adding more instruments over the top, playing whatever comes into his head to create a new sound each time.
Listen back to Adam's interview with Aussie Music Hour:
BHP Roxby Downs Outback Cup is the state's most remote racing event, and is a combination of entertainment, fashion and of course, quality thoroughbred racing!
Held on Saturday, 4 August 2018, there will be plenty of action track-side.
There's so much more to the Outback Cup including a dedicated children’s zone with plenty of free activities to keep them occupied all day.
The Fashion at The Races competition will be running once again. For further details please visit: www.fashionattheraces.com.au
For those looking for a touch of luxury, the premium and revamped MARQUEE, is the place to be. The package includes entry to the Outback Cup, a smorgasbord lunch and 10 drinks tickets for either beer, spirits, cider or wine.
Marquee package tickets are limited to just 300 and must be purchased ahead of time.
Marquee tickets $140 early bird
General tickets $25 early bird
Greyhound bus services will be available on the day - keep an eye on the Race Club's facebook page for details.
Gates open at 11am and tickets will be Marquee $150 and General Admission $30.
Children aged under 18 receive free entry.
Tickets available: www.roxbydownsraceclub.com
On the 17th of February the Roxby Districts Cricket Association is hosting Pink Stump's Day - a charity cricket match to raise money for The McGrath Foundation.
There'll be games for kids, as well as rocket arm and dirty slogger competitions from 5.30, and the T20 Grand Final will kick-off at 7pm.
RoxFM will be broadcasting live on the night so you won't miss out on any of the action!
Over 15 years and 21 shows, they’ve mercilessly mocked all the usual political and celebrity suspects. We’ve watched Howard Tampa with refugees, Rudd give pennies from Kevin, Gillard refuse to be lectured by ‘that man’, ‘that man’ scrap the carbon tax, stop the boats and – um – get the budget back into surplus… But no one has been able to outplay, outwit or outlast The Wharf Revue. So, we’re throwing a party and everyone’s invited.
ANT Live were there to capture this Sydney Theatre Company presentation live on film and now your community can see it up close on the big screen!
“Lots of laughs, excruciating jokes and acidic satire…clever…totally idiotic and hilarious” - Stage Noise
Date: March 15 2018
Location: Roxbylink Cinema
Tickets on sale now at the Roxby Downs Visitor Information Centre - 08 8671 5941
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