Behind the Scenes of 'Walking on Water' podcast

Join Dr Kate on ABC Radio as she shares the behind-the-scenes view into making the State Library’s podcast series ‘Rare Stories from the West’, with producer Gina Pickering from Latitude Creative Services. 

The first episode, ‘Walking on Water: Spirit of the Swan Coastal Plain’, explores the significance of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) in creating the city of Perth. Aboriginal elders Noel Nannup and Marie Taylor explain the Aboriginal history of the river through the Waugal creation story on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar (now metropolitan Perth). Charted by French maritime exploration voyages in the early 1800s, the State Library preserves many archival documents about the Swan River. This podcast shares Noongar culture and knowledge, plus contemporary poetry that draws on the river as a source of inspiration by Dr Nandi Chinna, Jennifer Kornberger and Daniel Hansen.

Recorded on 19 November 2021.

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