Eat Pray Mourn: Crime and Punishment in Jakarta, blends evocative soundscape and in-depth Bahasa-language interviews with those normally marginalised – self-styled ‘coolies –  to ask how a post-colonial society like Indonesia can unburden itself of a history of violence and authoritarianism. Broadcast on ABC Radio National 360 Documentaries April 2013.


McHugh S.A. (2012), “The Affective Power of Sound: Oral History on Radio”, Oral History Review (39): 187-206

NOTE: this is a multimedia article with illustrative audio clips, published in this respected US journal.

McHugh, S.A. 2012, “Incorrigibly Plural: A Dubliner’s Diaspora”, Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, (12),  pp123-35

McHugh S.A. (2012) ‘Oral history and the radio documentary/feature: introducing the “COHRD” (Crafted Oral History Radio Documentary) form”, The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media,  10, (1),  pp35-51. See,id=123/view,page=0/

McHugh S.A. (2011)  ‘Oral History Goes To Air: reflections on compiling oral history as radio narrative.’  Oral History Association of Australia Journal (32), pp54-62.

McHugh, S. (2011) “The Power of Voice”: multimedia essay comparing the impact of print and audio texts. Commissioned by Transom, US-based public radio forum founded by Peabody-award winning broadcaster Jay Allison.

McHugh, S. A. (2010), ‘Searing memories’: inside the firestorm’, History Australiavol. 7, no. 2, pp. 41.1-41.3. Review.

McHugh, S. A.( 2009), ‘Jeromin, Heinz, 1925-1987’. Australian Dictionary of Biography (17), pp 589-90, Melbourne University Press.  Also at

McHugh, S. (2009), ‘Not in front of the altar: mixed marriages and sectarian tensions between Catholics and Protestants in pre-multicultural Australia’History Australia, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 42.1-42.22. (multimedia)

McHugh, S. A. (2007), ‘The aerobic art of interviewing‘, Asia Pacific Media Educatorvol. December, no. 18, pp. 147-154.

 McHugh, S. A. (2006), ‘Minefields and miniskirts: the perils and pleasures of adapting oral history for the stage‘, Oral History Association Of Australia Journal, no. 28, pp. 22-29.

McHugh, S. A. 2004. ‘Talking History’. Insites, Journal of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Autumn 2004, pp6-7.

McHugh S. A. (2000). ‘The Snowy – Beyond the Hype’. Word of Mouth, Newsletter of the South Australian Branch of the Oral History Association of Australia, Autumn 2000, p.8

McHugh, S. A.( 1994). ‘Minefields and miniskirts: Australian women and the Vietnam war’, Oral History Association Of Australia Journal (16)


McHugh, S.A. 2011 ‘Indigenous Voices of Australia’, hosted by Native American Program, Harvard University. Seminar, 12 October 2011.

McHugh, S.A. 2011 ‘Minefields, Miniskirts and MixedMarriage: Oral Histories from Down Under’, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Montreal, 15 October 2011. Public talk.

McHugh, S.A. 2011 ‘Oral History as Crafted Radio Narrative: in pursuit of a higher truth’.  Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University, Montreal, 16 October 2011.Seminar.

McHugh, S.A. 2011 ‘The Power of Voice’. Uni in the Brewery, University of Wollongong, 2 November 2011. Public presentation. Film here.

McHugh, S. A. 2011, ‘Mixed Marriage and The Myth of ‘Anglo-Celtic’ Australia’, John Hume Institute of Global Irish Studies, University of NSW, 11 March 2011. FILM of lecture here.

McHugh, S. A. 2010, Oral History Goes to Air, State Library of New South Wales, 6 November 2010. Public Talk.

McHugh, S. A. 2010. ‘The Snowy Mountains Scheme: how a hydro-electric scheme helped build a nation’,Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, 11th International 

Radio Festival, Zibakenar, Iran. May 2011.

McHugh, S. 2009, ‘Power for the People’: National Archives of Australia, 16 August. PUBLIC LECTURE. AUDIO here.

McHugh, S.A. 2001, Images and Imaginings: Perspectives in Irish Studies, National University of Ireland. ‘Stolen Children, White Lies and Good Habits: Aboriginal children and the Irish nuns who ‘grew them up’’. NUI Galway, 28 March. PUBLIC LECTURE

F5.6. McHugh, S. A. 2000, ‘How television compromises history: the making of the Irish Empire series’, Irish-Australasian Studies Conference, University of Notre Dame: Mary Durack 27 April 2000. PUBLIC LECTURE

F5.5 McHugh, S. A. 1998. ‘Confessions of an Accidental Migrant.’ Irish-Australasian Studies Conference, University of Ballarat, Victoria. KEYNOTE

McHugh, S. A. 1997. ‘Trust me – I’m Irish: reflections on cross-cultural interviewing’, Crossing Borders: Oral History Association of Australia National Conference, Oral History Association of Australia, Alice Springs. KEYNOTE.



My Doctorate awarded 2011 with commendation from Prof Alessandro Portelli of University of Rome. Title: ‘Oral History and the Radio Documentary/Feature: Intersections and Synergies.’

My dissertation (90,000 words) is now available online. It asks how oral history and the radio documentary form can inform each other, theoretically and practically. Contains some great insights from radio practitioners and oral historians, as well as a detailed case study of the making of Marrying Out, my award-winning documentary on mixed-religion marriage and family conflict.