The weekly Quilted Bananas Radio Show is broadcast on Sundays, 10 - 11 am, on Wellington
Access Radio 106.1 FM. You can also listen to the live broadcast of the
programme online on Sunday mornings - go to the Access Radio website and click on the listen
Note: you need to have Adobe Flash installed on your computer to listen live.
Notices for the broadcasting on the programme should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Programme's facebook page Quilted Bananas Radio for the latest updates from programme presenters.
Upcoming programme presenters:
- 25 Aug: Prue
The most recent programmes are available on the Access Radio Quilted Bananas radio page. Each Sunday's programme can generally be downloaded within a day of broadcasting. Here are the latest programmes available - click the link to play:
- 18 Aug Creek - Interviews with radio show collective members about their books ahead of the Pop-up Reading Room
- 11 Aug Sue & Fiona - local news and notices
- 4 Aug Creek & Emmie - musicians who wanna look like us
- 28 July Joe with Penny talking about her Holocaust family/cultural background, the legal profession, being a solo parent, her research and writing on (lesbian) feminism
- 21 July Siân - femme rants plus an interview with Rose McMahon, creator of the new TV series In the Rainbow
- 14 July Karen - music and local goings on
- 7 July Sue & Fiona - stats ... queer and coming out in the Christchurch longitudinal study; Gentleman Jack and other TV programmes, new books etc etc
- 30 June Sue
Quilted Bananas Pop-up Reading Room
Sun 25 August, 11am-4pm @: Thistle Hall
The QUILTED BANANAS Radio Collective presents a relaxed day with rainbow literature in cosy old Thistle Hall. We'll be offering our own personal collections of books, magazines, and other material - including a *boutique* (i.e. small) selection of audio books and spoken word recordings. The closure of the Central Library has reduced the amount of space in Wellington for reading time, so we're opening this nook for a day!
Cups of tea ... cushions ... beanbags ... bake sale ... blankies ... maybe some actual bananas ... overhead heaters ... wheelchair access ... and all our lit laid out: from magical realism to crime novels, from short stories to poetry, from activist essays to biography, to experimental non-fiction. Pay $5 at the door, grab a book, stay as long as you want, lounge around, change that book for a different book, put your feet up.
Most of the material will be lent to you but we'll also have a wee sales table where you might be able to get a treasured tome or two to take away.
This event is both a fundraiser for, and the first public outing of, our radio collective under the new name! Admission $5. facebook event page
History and philosophy
The Quilted Bananas Radio Programme provides lively coverage of news, politics, activities, interviews and music for queer women & non-binary folk. It focuses on Wellington regional activities, but also covers national and international news. As an acronym our name stands for: Queer, Intersectional, Intersex, Lesbian, Takataapui, Trans, Enby, Diverse ... Bisexual, Asexual, and Nanas (because a lot of us also identify as nanas). As a metaphor, Quilted Bananas is about celebrating all the slippery overlaps these communities can have.
Quilted Bananas started life as the Wellington Lesbian Community Radio Programme, airing under that name for more than 35 years until our revamp in 2019. We continue to receive funding from the Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust, which generously supports lesbian-interest activities in Wellington.
The programme is run by a collective of presenters and technicians and we always welcome new volunteers – if interested, email our heirloom address: email@example.com
We value respect and we don’t do gender-policing.
There is an interview with Prue about the programme and its history on PrideNZ.com.
Speak Out on Access Radio
Speak Out brings news, music, stories, and media from rainbow communities in New Zealand to air! The show is run by a group of young people who volunteer with InsideOUT, a Wellington-based national organisation that works to make schools and communities across Aotearoa safer for youth with diverse sexualities, sexes and genders.
Speak Out is broadcast fortnightly on Wednesdays at 6pm - listen live on 106.1 FM or go to the Access Radio website and click on the listen live button. Podcasts of earlier programmes are available from the Speak Out page.
Overseas lesbian podcasts
- Radio DIVA - interviews, from DIVA magazine in London
- Dykes on Mykes (Brisbane)
- Dykes on Mykes (Montréal)
- My Lesbian Radio
- The Wet Spot (Joy FM - see below)
- Rubyfruit Radio
Joy 94.9 Melbourne
Joy 94.9 is a queer radio station in Melbourne that broadcasts around the clock. Podcasts, live streaming and transcripts are available.