4 August 2023

Young writer to produce new Wiradjuri history podcast in Griffith

| Oliver Jacques
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Darby Ingram and her son Archie McCrae. Photo: Supplied.

An emerging young writer will produce a new podcast called ‘Future Ancestors’ in Griffith, which will chronicle Wiradjuri histories.

Darby Ingram, a Wiradjuri and Pacific Islander storyteller, has been awarded a residency at the funky, shared workspace called Rooms of Requirement (RoR Space) on Yambil Street, a placement that is also supported by Western Riverina Arts.

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She will use the RoR Residency to produce and promote her podcast over a six-week period, bringing Wiradjuri histories into the digital age. It is Darby’s hope that the recorded assets she develops will be a cultural legacy of knowledge and history for future generations.

“The shared workspace and exposure to fellow creatives will be a constant source of inspiration and empowerment for me. The residency offers a designated space for me to focus on work, RoR is easy to locate, and offers a safe space for my guests to feature on the podcast. I am looking forward to welcoming and hosting elders and other community members to this beautiful space and asking them to share their knowledge and stories with me,” she said.

“I hope to produce and edit quality podcast episodes and create as much content as I can for social media to promote the launch of the podcast. I want to encourage the Wiradjuri community from all corners of Wiradjuri Country to work in a creative and inspiring space while we record.”

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Kristy-Lee Agresta owns ROR Space. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Gemma Purcell, projects and communications officer for Western Riverina Arts, said the residency provided artists with a unique platform.

“We had applications from artists at all stages of their careers, wishing to take up the residency opportunity. This reflects its value. Western Riverina Arts initiates and supports projects like the ROR Residency because we see it as support of the most essential type – providing artists the freedom to focus on their work.

“This is a great foundational opportunity for Darby to establish her work, in a dedicated space.”

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Kristy-Lee Agresta, owner of ROR Space, said: “The ROR Residency is in its second year, and the quality of the applications was very high, and very diverse. I am excited to see and hear what Darby, as a local emerging artist, creates during her time in the space, and how she intends to bring in members of the community to collaborate in the recordings with their own stories and knowledge. I am delighted that the space can occupy such a diverse practice.”

Darby will be supported with a fully subsidised studio space and in-kind support with marketing and events. Western Riverina Arts will be providing updates and information on how the community can work with Darby as she develops her podcast at the ROR Space.

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