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Dates and Times

18 April 2024
12:30 - 13:30


Building: 1
Room: 21
Other: 1A21


Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR), Faculty of Arts and Design


Hamish Sewell


Event about:

Culture and Creativity seminar – Soundtrails, locative audio & new narratives of places and people

Whether geared to performance, history, creativity or as cultural works, audio (as in voices, sounds and stories) has an agency in the site-specific listening experience like never before thanks to our mobile devices. Unlike traditional written narratives, or podcasts, mobile phone?mediated stories?can often be highly relational to our whereabouts and shaped and tethered over spaces and time. This makes them a particularly powerful vehicle for communicating culturally approved Indigenous stories and heritage. Join Hamish Sewell, as he discusses several narrative examples from the Australian based locative audio app, Soundtrails, some of the issues at play and the opportunities for creative storytellers now wanting to work in this field. Some of the SoundtrailsHamish has produced include “Goonoowigall,” “Freedom rides — Moree Baths,” “Moree Cemetery — Aboriginal Diggers,” “Portland — the Town that Built Sydney” and “Resisting Conscription in World War I.”

All are welcome!



Hamish Sewell is the founder and co-director of the Australian-based locative audio app, Soundtrails. He is an award-winning radio documentary maker and his work has been broadcast in Australia, American and New Zealand. His writing has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's award, and he has worked as an oral historian with the National Library of Australia on most of their leading projects. He is currently in the latter stages of his PhD which investigates the role of locative audio in a field of competing forces.? 

The Culture and Creativity Seminar Series is hosted by the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research (CCCR), Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. To discover upcoming seminars, please follow us on Facebook @uccccr, or Instagram and Twitter @uc_cccr. Alternatively, join our mailing list by emailing


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