New Zealand Oral History Podcasts

Launched in late 2018, the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Oral History podcast delves into the organisation’s archives, sharing authors’ stories of ‘fighting institutions, government—and sometimes, each other—to advocate for writer’s rights’, according to host Karyn Hay. The podcast ‘is an inside look at surviving as a writer and the battles NZSA authors have fought on behalf of all writers in Aotearoa’, said podcast producer Elizabeth (Libby) Kirkby-McLeod. She spoke to Books+Publishing for our ‘podcast spotlight’ series.  Read full story here.

Record your family history

Many people have pieced together their own family tree. But how much do you really know about the early lives of your living relatives, especially those with decades of stories to share?  To learn more, take the time to talk during family gatherings over Thanksgiving and the holiday season. And make sure to save that oral history for future generations: Record and preserve it with a multimedia digital archive, with video or audio, or with both. Here are five simple steps to get you started.  Read full article here.

Papua New Guinea Museum

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said “(It) is a breathtaking monument to Papua New Guinea’s rich cultural heritage, and importantly, it improves considerably the public’s access to this stunning collection of artefacts.  Modern technology expands its reach, the oral history website, interactive audio visual voices from the war exhibition. And I want to put the High Commissioner on notice. The next time I’m back, I needed enough time in the programme to have enough time to go through the oral history exhibition and the voices from the war. One of the reasons is that my father served in PNG.”  For full story click here.

Navajo Oral History

One never knows what kind of material will be next, when cataloging for library branches serving Smithsonian’s 19 museums and research centers. I recently received a box of DVDs that needed complex copy and original cataloging. The first several DVDs were oral history interviews with Navajo Code Talkers, which immediately piqued my interest. As I worked my way to the bottom of the box, I found that the interview topics were more diverse.  For full story click here.

West Gate Bridge Story told in Theatre

Melburnians are seeing the West Gate Bridge in a new light this week, as the centrepiece of the Art and Industry Festival illuminates its rich history.  The main event in The Bridge Projects is a theatrical revival of Vicki Reynolds’ The Bridge, a piece of verbatim theatre that echoes with the disaster of October 15, 1970, when a section of the bridge collapsed during construction, killing 35 workers.  For full story click here.