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Ms. Basia Bonkowski

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Background

Employment History

  • Presenter and Journalist
    SBS
  • Member, Television
    SBS
  • Presenter and Journalist
    Channel Ten
  • Presenter and Journalist
    Seven Network
  • Features Writer On Several Magazines
  • Grand & Famous Pty Ltd

Education

  • Law
    Adelaide University
  • Honours Degree , English Literature and Drama
    Flinders University
  • Master of Letters
    Sydney University
  • Diploma of Education
    University of New South Wales
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Web References
Exisle Publishing - Shimmer by Basia Bonkowski
www.exislepublishing.com, 20 June 2010 [cached]
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Hear Basia talk about her new book, Shimmer.
This is the remarkable account of the last days of one woman's life.
As author Basia Bonkowski gathers with her brothers to watch over their mother as she lies in hospital, she gradually unravels the threads that have formed the rich tapestry of her mother's life - and her own. As a girl her mother fled the Russians as they advanced through Poland during World War II. As a young wife she came to Australia with her husband and infant son to forge a new life. Hers is a story of heartache and loss, of secrets and dreams. Her legacy is one of survival, of embracing the migrant experience. Now, as she reaches the end of her journey, the family is forced to face the hardest question of all: when the time comes, will they be able to let her go?
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Basia Bonkowski is one of three children born to Polish immigrants. She grew up in Adelaide and studied Law at the University of Adelaide before transferring to Flinders University where she majored in English Literature and Drama. She moved to Sydney and joined SBS Television as a subtitler. Soon invited to be an on-air presenter, Basia enjoyed a highly successful career both on-air and behind-the-scenes as a writer and producer. She later worked for Channel Ten and the Seven Network as a presenter and journalist. Basia released Jesse's World, a book about overseas adoption, in 2005 and completed a Master of Letters at the University of Sydney in 2006. She is currently working as a television producer and lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
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'Having read the back cover of this memoir from SBS presenter Basia Bonkowski, I anticipated an intriguing story about her Polish parents and their journey to Australia after World War II. And there are elements of this in the book as her parents carry within them the experience of war and dislocation. But Shimmer is more of an intimate story about dying and letting go. It is set over the last 10 days of Maria's life as Bonkowski keeps vigil at the hospital with her two brothers and attempts to make sense of the life of this woman who is her mother. Bonkowski realises it's too late now to probe for the missing parts of her mother's story, as her mother is unconscious. We know from the author's reflections that Maria fled Poland as the Russians advanced, met her husband and then embarked on the long sea voyage to an unknown land. But it is the Australian chapter of Maria's life that shimmers, largely because this is the part that her daughter bore witness to. At times fragmented and choppy, Shimmer fails to illuminate Maria as fully as I wanted but this is the dilemma with which Bonkowski grapples.
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Bonkowski has certainly done this.
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Basia Bonkowski was interviewed by Gaytana Adorna on her 88.3 Southern FM radio program Best Medicine - visit www.gaytana-adorna.com
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For the next 13 days, Basia and her two brothers - one of them a New Zealand neurosurgeon - are in limbo.
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Basia Bonkowski interviewed for the Adelaide Advertiser.
"Shimmer is Basia Bonkowski's story of caring for her mother, Maria, during the last thirteen days of her life.
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Basia Bonkowski is a television producer and writer. Shimmer is her second book. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. Shimmer has been reviewed in The Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum and Basia has featured on ABC 702's The Conversation Hour, with Richard Fidler, discussing her new book."
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"Step inside one woman's very private world as Basia and her brothers gather to watch over their mother during the last 14 days of her life. Heartrendingly poignant, Shimmer is touched with moments of humour and great insight, as author Basia Bonkowski comes to terms both with losing her mother and the heartbreak of her own personal journey. In the process, Basia learns much more about her relationship with her own children." Robinson Books review
Basia Bonkowski on ABC Canberra'sDrive with Louise Maher
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"Ms Bonkowski's new book, Shimmer, weaves her mother's experiences as a Polish immigrant in Australia with her final two weeks in intensive care. It tells of the heart-wrenching decisions the family faced over how much to medically intervene to prolong her life." Parramatta Advertiser
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GreatGrandFamous - Contributors
www.greatgrandfamous.com, 22 Feb 2008 [cached]
Basia Bonkowski joined SBS Television in 1980 as a subtitler due to her Polish heritage.She worked as a presenter and journalist at SBS, and later Channel Ten and the Seven Network.She has worked as a features writer on several magazines.Basia wrote the book Jesse' s World, based on her experiences adopting children from Colombia and Thailand which was released in 2005.She recently completed her Master of Letters at Sydney University and has finished a second book.
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Basia Bonkowski
Basia Bonkowski was born to Polish immigrants.She grew up in Adelaide and studied Law at Adelaide University, later completing an Honours Degree in English Literature and Drama at Flinders University.
She joined SBS Television in 1980 as a subtitler, and later as a presenter at SBS then Channel Ten and the Seven Network.
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www.exislepublishing.com, 1 April 2009 [cached]
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As author Basia Bonkowski gathers with her brothers to watch over their mother as she lies in hospital, she gradually unravels the threads that have formed the rich tapestry of her mother's life - and her own.
As a girl her mother fled the Russians as they advanced through Poland during World War II. As a young wife she came to Australia with her husband and infant son to forge a new life. Hers is a story of heartache and loss, of secrets and dreams. Her legacy is one of survival, of embracing the migrant experience. Now, as she reaches the end of her journey, the family is forced to face the hardest question of all: when the time comes, will they be able to let her go?
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Basia Bonkowski is one of three children born to Polish immigrants. She grew up in Adelaide and studied Law at the University of Adelaide before transferring to Flinders University where she majored in English Literature and Drama. She moved to Sydney and joined SBS Television as a subtitler. Soon invited to be an on-air presenter, Basia enjoyed a highly successful career both on-air and behind-the-scenes as a writer and producer. She later worked for Channel Ten and the Seven Network as a presenter and journalist. Basia released Jesse's World, a book about overseas adoption, in 2005 and completed a Master of Letters at the University of Sydney in 2006. She is currently working as a television producer and lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
Reviews 'You don't expect a book about the final 13 days of an elderly woman's life to be hard to put down, but Basia Bonkowski's account of her mother's illness and death is exactly that. And for those baby boomers possibly facing their own decisions about the fate of an elderly parent or relative, it's an incredibly helpful account of the way one family dealt with the issue of whether or not to prolong the life of their mother. But as well as a simple, poignant account of those 13 days, Shimmer tells the stories of the immediate and extended family, giving an insight into the reactions of each member and the decision that they ultimately made.'  My Generation Magazine
'In this tender account of the final weeks of her mother's life, Basia Bonkowski explores the complexities of mother-daughter love, writing with searing clarity about the challenges of the 'sandwich generation' - those who are torn between the needs of young children and ageing parents.' Notebook Magazine, March 09
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www.exislepublishing.com, 1 Mar 2009 [cached]
Basia Bonkowski
'There is one journey you truly take by yourself. There is no one else beyond the skin of your hands, the toes of your feet, the sweat on your brow.'
This is the remarkable account of the last days of one woman's life. As author Basia Bonkowski gathers with her brothers to watch over their mother as she lies in hospital, she gradually unravels the threads that have formed the rich tapestry of her mother's life - and her own.
As a girl her mother fled the Russians as they advanced through Poland during World War II. As a young wife she came to Australia with her husband and infant son to forge a new life. Hers is a story of heartache and loss, of secrets and dreams. Her legacy is one of survival, of embracing the migrant experience. Now, as she reaches the end of her journey, the family is forced to face the hardest question of all: when the time comes, will they be able to let her go?
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'In this tender account of the final weeks of her mother's life, Basia Bonkowski explores the complexities of mother-daughter love, writing with searing clarity about the challenges of the 'sandwich generation' - those who are torn between the needs of young children and ageing parents.'  Notebook Magazine, March 09
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Basia Bonkowski is one of three children born to Polish immigrants. She grew up in Adelaide and studied Law at the University of Adelaide before transferring to Flinders University where she majored in English Literature and Drama. She moved to Sydney and joined SBS Television as a subtitler. Soon invited to be an on-air presenter, Basia enjoyed a highly successful career both on-air and behind-the-scenes as a writer and producer. She later worked for Channel Ten and the Seven Network as a presenter and journalist. Basia released Jesse's World, a book about overseas adoption, in 2005 and completed a Master of Letters at the University of Sydney in 2006. She is currently working as a television producer and lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
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