Danger Music is the remarkable memoir of Eddie Ayres, an accomplished musician and former ABC Classic FM host, known for many years as Emma Ayres. In 2014, still living as Emma, Eddie sunk into a deep depression about his gender identity and quit radio. Two years later, he decamped to war-torn Afghanistan to teach cello to orphans and street kids. And there, amid Kabul’s chaos, Eddie found the resolve to take the final steps towards his gender confirmation. Eddie, now host of ABC RN’s The Art Hub, shares his story with Holly Throsby.

Eddie Ayres (Australian)

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Eddie Ayres is a writer, broadcaster and teacher. His latest book, Danger Music, recounts an extraordinary year teaching music to children in Afghanistan. Eddie was born Emma, and transitioned just before his fiftieth birthday. Better late than never.

Holly Throsby (Australian)

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Holly Throsby is a musician and novelist from Sydney. She has released five critically acclaimed solo albums, as well as a collection of original children’s songs and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann). She has been nominated for four ARIAs. Holly’s debut novel, Goodwood was published in 2016. It has since been shortlisted for several literary awards, including two ABIAs and an Indie Book Award.