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The podcasts will see conversations among speakers whose research or lived experienced touches on the project themes. They'll be available via standard podcast platforms and through a this webpage.

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Confirmed guests include: Dr Stephanie Pratt ; Angeline Morrison; Angela Piccini and Kayle Brandon; Amanprit Sandhu, and Jowdy Davey of the Lowender Peran festival & Gorsedh Kernow.

Please see podcast guest biographies below.

Ellie Allen

Ellie Allen has spent the majority of her life in Cornwall, having lived in Bolingey, Truro, Newquay and latterly Redruth. Of duel heritage descent, throughout her life she’s seen the make up of Cornish communities change quite dramatically. A marketer for a London-based financial services company by day, in her spare time Ellie is active on the Cornish folk scene as a member of Cornish dance group Kemysk and taking the mic as caller for ceilidh band Splann.  You’ll usually find Ellie in one of her spiritual homes in Redruth, Ringroses or St Rumons Club.

Dr Stephanie Pratt (Dakota and Anglo-American Art Historian)

Formerly Associate Professor (Reader) of Art History at Plymouth University, UK and now an independent scholar and curator, Dr Pratt, a member of the Dakota Nation, became the first Cultural Ambassador for her Tribal Council at the Crow Creek Dakota Reservation in South Dakota, USA in 2015. Recently she has been a consultant on projects for the National Portrait Gallery, London; Southwark City Council; Exeter City Council; and Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. She was Indigenous advisor to Border Crossings’ ORIGINS festival 2019 and the Native Spirit Festival 2020.

She is a member of the Grandmother’s Society (Kunsi/Unci) based at Fort Thompson, South Dakota which promotes the understanding and preservation of Dakota and Lakota culture and language. Her book, American Indians in British Art, 1700-1840 (Oklahoma University Press, 2005) was the first study of its kind. Currently, she is at work on a second book which will examine how Native North Americans made images of those who came to their lands and how those newcomers imaged Native North Americans in turn.

Emma Gilberthorpe

Emma Gilberthorpe is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of East Anglia, UK. Her research is concerned with the social and cultural aspects of development. Her main area of research examines the parameters of social organisation, kinship and exchange in contexts of large-scale resource extraction (mining and oil/gas extraction). She is particularly interested in the implications of the cultural incompatibilities that exist between large-scale, capitalist corporations and small-scale societies. The majority of her work has focused on the social, economic, political and environmental impacts of mining (Ok Tedi) and oil extraction (Kutubu) in Papua New Guinea. She has also conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Guinea, West Africa and managed projects in Zambia.

Georgia Gendall

Georgia is an artist, facilitator, gardener, baker, musician and seasonal shepherd working from Helston, Cornwall. She makes ludicrously impractical human powered contraptions and snappy ‘epic fail’ videos to curious ceramic sculptures, animal collaborations, cyclical sculptures, enduring sound works and public events. Georgia also runs The Allotment Club; a project space on an allotment in Penryn, Cornwall and is in the third year of running Residency in a Shed; a residency in the shed on the allotment.

She is also the instigator of Forced Collaboration; a collaborative platform that aims to forge relationships between artists from different disciplines and locations; it has been running for five years and has facilitated over 200 collaboration between artists world wide.

Libita Sibungu

Libita Sibungu currently lives and works in West Cornwall, where she grew up - a daughter to Namibian
and English parents, born in the late 1980’s just after the first sight of a birth of a galaxy, and a few years
before Namibia's Independence. As an interdisciplinary artist, Sibungu works with writing, drawing,
performance, photography, print, and sound to build environments that weave decolonial narratives into
immersive installations and poetic arrangements. Through collaboration - research is expanded towards a
collective experience, inspired by living archives, sonic cartographies and speculative fiction.

Sibungu is the recipient of the 2022 Arts Foundation Future Award, and has presented work with Temple
Bar Gallery, Ireland, and Sonsbeek, Netherlands (2021); Somerset House, UK, and Cabaret Voltaire,
Zurich (2020). Sibungu’s solo exhibition and ongoing body of work ‘Quantum Ghost’ was presented with
Gasworks, and Spike Island, (UK) in 2019.

Mark Trevethan

Mark Trevethan is the Cornish Language Lead for Cornwall Council.  His role oversees a range of projects to increase use of Cornish including supporting teaching in schools with Golden Tree, developing new film in Kernewek with Screen Cornwall and providing more online resources with the Akademi Kernewek. He is a fluent Cornish speaker, teaches Cornish and has translated two Tintin books into Kernewek.

Mark is an Illogan boy but spent most of his career as a town planner in London.He specialised in sustainable transport and has carried on this interest by campaigning for green travel provision in Cornwall.He relaxes by body-boarding in and around St. Agnes.

Luke Passey

Luke Passey is a musician/entertainer based in Cornwall. Since 2007 he has performed and recorded as forty-nine percent of the light-hearted, Casio rap duo Hedluv + Passman. Together they have performed on five continents; this has included them taking their show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the New Zealand International and Sydney International comedy festivals plus countless appearances at a host of UK music festivals including Glastonbury, Green Man, End of the Road, Shambala, Leopallooza, Boardmasters, Beautiful Days, Farm Fest and the Great Estate.

Angeline Morrison

Angeline Morrison is a Cornwall-based songwriter, vocalist, choir leader, researcher and writer who loves finding hidden histories. Angeline is actively concerned with raising awareness about the hidden, historic Black presence in the UK.
Angeline Morrison
@angelcakepie (Twitter, Instagram)
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Hilary Orange

Hilary Orange is Senior Lecturer in Industrial Heritage at Swansea University. She is also the Chair of the ‘CHAT’ group (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory). Her doctorate (UCL Institute of Archaeology) considered public perceptions of Cornish mining landscape and she has published on industrial heritage, public archaeology, Cornish identity and the heritage of popular music. Hilary’s most recent publications include a chapter on Cornish landscape in the volume ‘Transcending the Nostalgic: Landscapes of Postindustrial Europe beyond Representation’ (2021) and a chapter on Rock music memorial roots and routes in London (2021).

Pol Hodge

Pol Hodge B.Eng, PGCE, was born in Redruth in 1965. He obtained distinction at the highest level of Cornish language exam and was barded in 1991, taking the bardic name Mab Stenek Veur.

He has been a community educator for over 35 years and worked for Kowethas, Kesva as well as the Cornish Language Office. At Goldentree Productions he has been Tebel Santa, Kap’n Pol and a chef who can’t speak English as well as doing all things Kernewek.

Pol Hodge has performed at nearly 450 poetry gigs, written three poetry volumes and helped with over 20 Cornish language films. In 2021 at Bude-Stratton he became Bardh Meur of Gorsedh Kernow.

He lives with his Cornish speaking wife, Jane, the bard Kesklywores, at Lambriggan in West Pydarshire.

Dave Beech

Dave Beech is an artist and writer from a working class background. He is Reader in Art and Marxism at CCW, the University of the Arts, London. He is the author of Art and Labour (Brill 2020), Art and Postcapitalism (Pluto 2019) and Art and Value (Brill 2015). Beech worked in the collective Freee (with Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan) between 2004 and 2018. He has recently had exhibitions as a solo artist in UNO gallery, New Orleans, Loft 8 gallery, Vienna and Exeter Phoenix.
Becky Bordeaux

Becky is a performer and production assistant for Rogue Otherworld, and has been working for them for the past 13 years since graduating from Dartington College of Arts in 2009 with a BA in Theatre.

Whilst working with Rogue, Becky has toured nationally in theatres including Battersea Arts Centre and The Lowry. Performed at festivals including Wilderness, Glastonbury and Leopalooza. She has also performed in over a 1000 shows in Tehidy woods in the past decade.

Becky also runs her own holistic therapy business and works part time in The Cornish Store in Falmouth.

Becky is born and bred Cornish, growing up in clay county near St Austell and has now been living in Camborne for the past 8 years.

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