It was lovely to chat with Leona Fensome earlier. Leona is a community media maker who aims to reimagine community engagement by combining local and national history with community media in an impactful way. As an independent audio producer, Leona has plenty of experience developing and producing audio projects, and creating radio programmes that combine oral histories and community stories.
Working through Inkslingers Media, Leona has co-produced programmes supported by the Audio Content Fund, with community station, Erewash Sound and the charity Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. ‘Iron to Iron Bike Ride’ was a six-part radio documentary series, journeying the cycle route from Meldon Viaduct in Devon to Bennerley, and the community heritage of the UK’s iron bridges. Leona was also a producer on the Modus Arts oral history project ‘Tape Letters’, a six-part radio documentary series created through the Audio Content Fund: https://soundcloud.com/tapeletters and shortlisted for the Grassroots Production Award APAs 2022. Leona is presently working as a Heritage Projects and Partnerships Officer with the University of Bedfordshire.
We chatted about Leon’s perception of community media here in the UK and in Australia, and discussed how collaboration using community arts and community development techniques can enhance a sense of belonging, empowerment and visibility.
Leona can be contacted on Linked-In and mentioned the work of Lucia Scazzocchio, the evaluation report on the Audio Content Fund, RTRFM in Perth, Australia, and the Creative Health Report on The Arts for Health and Wellbeing.