In 2020-2021 I am working on a project involving a combined exploration of language and letters.
Blacktown’s 395,000 residents speak over 180 languages between us, and many of these languages have words that contain so much meaning and power that there is no English equivalent. I would like to capture some of these words — and, more importantly, a story behind them —and develop an illustrated anthology/short-story collection.
I am completing. this project with the support of the Blacktown City Council 2020 Creative Arts Grant. I’m hoping to recapture something of what I’ve lost and encourage people to explore and retain the richness and power of our different languages.
If you or someone you know comes from or lives in Blacktown City and speaks a language other than English and would like to be involved, please get in touch with me using the form below. I would love to hear your story.
What will be involved?
I will get in touch to arrange an introductory conversation to better understand your history and connection with the language/dialect you would like to contribute to this project, and term(s) or phrase(s) we can explore. Between December 2020 and March 2021, we will organise an interview where we can explore the topic of language, identity and culture, and your experience of speaking or learning another language in your local community. These interviews will be recorded, then adapted into a short-story text format.
I will collate the stories from participants in this project and work on lettering the word/term you are contributing, to publish alongside its definition and the story you have shared.
If you have any questions or would like to talk about how you can get involved in this project, please complete the following form: