Emma Campbell is a psychologist and school counsellor who has been living and working in the Kandos region since 2017. Acting, speaking, music, and writing have always been key elements in Emma’s life. She has been a state representative public speaker and delivered the keynote address at her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Ceremony at Government House, the opening of Gallipoli – A Turkish Perspective by the Australian War Memorial, and Mittagong Anzac Day Service. Her creative and academic writing has featured in publications produced by the University of Sydney French Society and The Women’s College, and she was the NSW winner of the Simpson Prize. Most recently, Emma has performed in several productions by Rylstone-Kandos Twin Town Players and has been learning the bagpipes with Lithgow Highland Pipe Band
‘Conversations with Kandos’ is a chance to get to know some Kandos locals in a conversational piece devised by local Emma Campbell. Kandos is a unique place of stunning natural beauty, with a proud Wiradjuri heritage, a rich industrial past, and a socially complex present. When talking to locals, the rich and varied history of the town comes alive; local history becomes personal history, told through the eyes of people who have lived it. Conversations with Kandos allows participants the opportunity to observe, learn and listen, as well as being actively part of the conversation.
Emma firmly believes that art is for everyone, and that everyone has an innate capacity to create art. Art encourages us to reflect on and share culture, mirroring what is important to individuals and communities, and creating relationships, connections, and shared experiences. Emma has a strong interest in the therapeutic benefits of engaging in artistic activities, particularly in her work with young people as a psychologist, since having a creative outlet is crucial for wellbeing. Emma expresses herself across a mix of performance-based disciplines, including acting, speaking and music, as well as writing both poetry and prose. She searches for, and aims to acknowledge, the artistic and creative in her every-day life. Involvement in art has helped Emma to foster friendships with like-minded people everywhere she has lived or travelled, bridging potential barriers, including language and cultural backgrounds.