In spring 2016, I had the pleasure of taking part in Women in Sound Women On Sound’s (WISWOS) 2016 Forum in Lancaster, a charming town in the English countryside.

Lancaster, UK

The countryside, UK

Women have been largely excluded or underrepresented in all areas of sound, from recording and engineering to academic pursuits, and WISWOS was created to start an open and inclusive dialogue to address these issues.

Mapping our personal sonic journeys

I was invited to be a part of the conversation with around 30 brilliant scholars, industry leaders and creatives, and to present a recent work of radio fiction – ‘Alex’ (first aired on The Heart).

ALEX on Exhibition at WISWOS

‘Alex’ on Exhibition at WISWOS

1 March 2016

Older Women Live (OWL) is a collaborative, intergenerational podcast project that brings myself (Michelle Macklem) together with elder community activist and radio host Rose Marie Whalley, to re-examine decades of radio interviews that have taken Rose Marie around the world.

Rose Marie has worked together with her interviewees to build in-depth perspectives of significant topics of social justice, civil rights, gender activism, ageing, and international justice (among a range of others). Each show, which features episodes which focus on a singular theme or topic, aims to bring forth narratives that are under or misrepresented, focusing on the stories of people we do not see in the mainstream news media. This partnership between ACT and OWL created a space for intergenerational media making and storytelling.

Episode one, ‘Picture Perfect: Portrayals of Women in Society and the Media’, can be heard here:

This episode is hosted by Rose Marie Whalley, who speaks with Andrea O’Reilly and Josie Dolan about how women are treated in society. This episode aired on AMARC’s Women’s Voice series on March 8, 2016.


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