Fabia Claridge spent 50 years as a teacher of ESL both in Australia and in Asia. She worked in Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia. Her own family is cross cultural.
She published a novel set in Bali called To Hold the Mountain and is working on another one. She has a number of friends of refugee background, who are either ex-students or people she met in Villawood. Fabia has been involved in the refugee movement for 20 years, most recently as Co-convenor of People Just Like Us. It is a small and agile NGO, comprising members from diverse backgrounds.