Chats, tunes, and tales

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In this episode enjoy chats, tunes and tales as we explore the Fairy Park, artworks and PhD projects that work with fairy tales, and our kids writing competition themed Change the Story, Change the World, remixing fairy tales. Wander themes of magic and transformation, women’s agency, self-understanding, greater diversity of representation and the rich world of storytelling. Featuring the music of Tom McGowan (Button Jar Canyon) and a specially created song by Tom and daughter Freya.

Huge thanks to all involved in this episode, produced in Ballarat on traditional Wadawurrung land.

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Book seeds:

The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley published 2019 by Affirm Press

There Was Once, the Collected Fairy Tales by Deborah Klein, published 2009 by Moth Woman Press

Guests featured:

Lucy Taylor- my 6 year old guide at the Fairy Park (pictured)

Ellen Sorensen, Ballarat artist and musician

Sarah Hart, Ballarat artist and writer

Change the Story, Change the World Writing Competition winners

Younger Age Group

Winner: Anabel Baker (7)

Runner Up: Frankie Dickinson (6)

Older Age Group

Winner: Orlani Maddern (10)

Runners Up: Ishika Roy (10) and Josie McGinniss (10)

Music Featured:

‘Turn the Page Today’ Tom and Freya McGowan

Tom McGowan is a guitar player who uses an equal share of folk and soundscape to create a wistful and evocative sound.  He is the guitar player from the early 2000s indie Melbourne band FOLDING FOR AIR and now plays in the Victorian Goldfields band WINTER BERRIES.  For his instrumental music he plays under the name BUTTON JAR CANYON.  He also writes and performs with his 10 year-old daughter and vocalist Freya.

Freya McGowan is a student at Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts (BCMA) and studies contemporary vocal, dance and musical theatre.  Freya has been performing in shows, concerts and gigs since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She also loves reading, writing and drawing. For this episode of Gather, Freya and Tom have written and recorded a track ‘Turn the page today’ about fairy tales with a gender equality and social justice twist.

Tom McGowan (Button Jar Canyon)

‘Big Bear’ Ellen Sorensen, Shadow Feet

Other sounds:

Anakie Fairy Park

Indie feature:

Our indie feature is Playing in the Attic on Sturt St Ballarat where you can pick up There was once, the collected fairy tales by Deborah Klein along with lots of others treasures. Playing in the Attic is a burst of colour in the form of whimsy and quirkiness;  it is a curious extraordinarium of all wondrous things, sourced locally and globally, to encourage creativity!

Things to check out:

Sound engineering: Dave Byrne, Iridium Audio

Podcast logo and episode design: Tiffany Titshall

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