Tropical Writers Festival – Kirsty Nancarrow in conversation with Som Tamang. Som Tamang overcame poverty, a critical head injury, a tiger attack, child slavery, a civil war, and cultural challenges to save a generation of girls in his village from early marriage and human trafficking. Kirsty Nancarrow and Som Tamang discuss his incredible life story and how their lives intertwined through the Nepal earthquake in 2015. Kirsty’s debut book, Himalayan Dreams: The Story of Som Tamang is a story of courage, determination, and the belief that one person can make lasting change.
Tropical Writers Festival – 22 February 2023.
Himalayan Dreams ABC Radio interview International Women’s Day. Kirsty Nancarrow has written a book about the work of former Nepalese child slave Som Tamang, who has dedicated his life to ensuring women and girls in his village, Batase, have access to education and work opportunities. Please support this work through www.f-hc.org and please subscribe to my channel.
ABC Far North Radio interview (YouTube) – 8 March 2022.
Generous donation helps kids in Nepal.Educational opportunities have been boosted for the children of a remote Nepalese village close to the heart of Cairns local Som Tamang, thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise. Cairns Local News – 24 September 2021.
Himalayan Dreams: The Story of Som Tamang. How a child slave from rural Nepal moved mountains to forge a better life for himself and vulnerable children. YouTube – premiered on 27 August 2021.
Som Tamang lives in Cairns, Australia but grew up in Batase, Nepal. His village was among those devastated by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April, 2015. He turned to running to cope and is now using it to help his village and others recover from the disaster. Kirsty Nancarrow filmed this story in Nepal and Australia. It earned her a ‘Highly Commended’ in the John Bean Memorial Award for Camera work in the 2017 Queensland Media (Clarion) Awards.
ABC TV News (YouTube) – premiered 8 January 2017.
Former Nepalese trekking guide and Cairns man Som Tamang can’t wait for blockbuster ‘Everest’. Som worked as a guide in the Himalayan peaks, including Mt Everest, and got to know Australian Jason Clarke, who plays Kiwi mountaineer Rob Hall in the film about the deadly 1996 blizzard on Everest. Cairns Post — 23 September 2015.
Inspiring a nation one step at a time — Som Tamang has been nominated for a Pride of Australia medal. After overcoming personal hardships, he now helps children in his native Nepal.
The Cairns Post – 13 June 2011.