Recent projects include family and corporate history projects, radio documentaries, and community storytelling programs. Examples are below:
Michael Kieran Harvey and Arjun von Caemmerer: The Green Brain Cycle
Ben interviewed contemporary composer and performer Michael Kieran Harvey and poet Arjun von Caemmerer about their collaboration on the project The Green Brain Cycle. The interviews document Michael’s composition process, and the collaboration with Arjun and visual artist Brigita Ozolins.
Ben interviewed prominent Hobart community member Margaret Steadman. The interviews capture her parents’ and grandparents’ family histories, and Margaret’s life story, from her childhood in England, immigration to Australia and early years in Western Australia, work and study, moving to Tasmania, community activism and more.
Tony and Carol Prichard. Family history
Ben worked with Tony and Carol Prichard, Tasmania to create a booklet presenting their family history. It contains 14 hours of life stories on CD and usb, indexed for easy access, photos and a family tree. This was packaged in a glossy booklet for current and future generations.
Australian Generations Oral History Project
Ben worked as an interviewer on this national research and archive project which collects hundreds of interviews for the National Library of Australia. A radio series has been produced for ABC Radio National.
The Oral History Company captured the stories of staff members and ex-clients of this wonderful community organisation. The stories are used in Colony 47’s promotional and archival resources.
ABC Radio National Encounter program commissioned Ben to do this history documentary, which explores the history of the Catholic Church in Argentina. Broadcast 2013
Ben produced this radio documentary for ABC Radio National’s Hindsight program. The piece tells the story of the Tasmanian Mt Lyell mine disaster, 1912. Forty two miners died after a fire broke out the mine’s pump house. Broadcast 2012.
History project for New Town Primary School.
Lenna Grainger went to New Town Primary School, Hobart during the time of the Second World War. In these three oral history pieces she tells of air raid shelters at the school, food rationing, school and home life.
A. Lenna. The War Years (Photo story)
B. Lenna. School (Audio)
C. Lenna. Food shopping, family dinners (Audio)
Youth Justice series
Young people talk about their experiences with the NSW Juvenile Justice system. Ben put this series together for ABC Radio National and JJJFM. We trained the young people in story telling for radio and audio production.
I believe there is a serious problem between young people and police
I’m perceived as the good boy with morals among my friends
I seen a lot of bad stuff happen
I was a very stressed and angry young woman
Woman Sucked Into Pokie
Stories from people with gambling problems. These pieces came from a community writing project Ben directed. Radio, written text, video and visual art content was created, telling the stories of people surviving poker machine addictions.
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia mental health project.
Ben collected stories from people with mental illness for this national project.
There’s more info about the project here