Signal Boost 2021-2022
Supporting new voices and new ideas in Australian podcasting. Explore completed works by our 2021-2022 recipients below.
Miks Everitt is an audio maker, researcher and educator based in Melbourne, Australia. Miks comes to audio-making from a background in music and cultural studies with a focus on young people’s engagement with creative practice. His audio-making and podcast work has spanned music criticism and playlisting, through to rich soundscape and narrative-driven storytelling.
Kirby Fenwick is a writer and audio producer from Melbourne, living on the lands of the Wurundjeri people. She is a co-founder of Siren: A Women in Sport Collective and as well as writing for Siren, she has written for The Guardian, Eureka Street and Melbourne City of Literature, among others. Her audio documentary The First Friday in February which tells the story of the first AFLW game, was awarded the 2018 Oral History Victoria Award. Her work typically exists at the intersection of feminism and history with a particular focus on the untold stories of women, wherever they exist but especially those that exist in sport.
(We’ll have more from Daizy soon!)
Maya Victoria Pask is a white migrant settler, non-binary, neurodivergent interdisciplinary artist, sex worker and LGBTIQA+ community health educator, living and working in Narrm/Melbourne. Maya’s art practice primarily focuses on labour and the body. They have created four full length shows, under their work name Queenie Bon Bon – which have toured in so-called Australia, Europe and North America. Their work has been featured on Locanto, Backpage and in Maximum Rock and Roll and The Lifted Brow. They are a member of Australian sex worker art collective Debby Doesnt Do It For Free, and co-ordinate The Intro Room, a quarterly online sex worker story night. In 2019 they were the recipient of Firstdraft’s Writers Program and in 2020 received second place in the WOTYs (Whore of the Year) for their sex work activism. Their first chapbook The Body is its own Language came out in 2021.
My name is Elise. I am a writer. I am a dancer. I am an actor. I am a cook. I am a woman. I am a friend. I am a storyteller.
I have been a part of Second Echo Ensemble since it started. I have worked with our first director Finegan Kruckemeyer, who is an award-winning writer. I love his work and I miss him since he moved to Adelaide. Now I work with Kelly Drummond Cawthon, who is a dancer and choreographer who worked in America before coming home to Tasmania. Fin and Kelly have taught me a lot about making and stories. I have been in all of the works they directed since 2005 and now I am ready to tell my own story and be a director.
I am making a work called The Beauty Project. I wonder what makes us think something or someone is beautiful. I want to ask people this question. I want to interview people as part of my research to make this work. I think it will be a great story about who we are and how we see the world. What will be different? What will be the same? What do we need to feel beautiful? Security? Inclusion? Love? Can someone be beautiful who looks different? Thinks differently? Our world is beautiful, but it is dying. Why? Why is money and power more beautiful than trees and rivers? I don’t know whether there will be answers to my questions. Probably more questions. But that is okay too.
I know that I have a lot to learn. I am sure Second Echo and the Signal Boost can help me to tell this story.
Najma Sambul is a Somali-Australian freelance journalist and writer. Her reporting has been published in The Age, HuffPost Australia, MTV Australia and Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Najma is a co-host for a weekly news show, Spin Cycle, on Triple R. Although she doesn’t enjoy the sound of her own voice (who does?), Najma aspires to talk and rant about the things that interest her for as long as she’s allowed.
One day she hopes to retreat to a cabin in the woods to write some fiction!
Carly Stone is a writer and editor living on unceded Wurundjeri Country. You can find their essays in Meanjin Quarterly, Going Down Swinging and The Lifted Brow, among others. Carly is a recent Philosophy and English Literature graduate and they wrote their thesis about nonsense. They’re especially interested in critical theory, computers and the end of the world. They are an Online Editor at Voiceworks.
Faith Tabalujan is an aspiring print and audio journalist fascinated by all things historical, linguistic and culinary. As a current Bachelor of Arts student and disability support worker, she is keen to uncover the stories – both ordinary and extraordinary – of multicultural Australia through sound. She has written for the Myriad magazine, has interned with the Vice-Rectorate of New Caledonia and was a two-time recipient of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Long Tan Youth Leadership Award.
Signal Boost was generously supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.