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A Mile in My Shoes

  • Stirling Gardens Barrack St & St George’s Terrace Perth WA (map)

A Mile in My Shoes is an empathy shoe shop, where visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger – literally. Housed in a giant shoebox, this interactive exhibition contains a collection of shoes and audio stories that offers a snapshot into the breadth and diversity of who we are in Western Australia. You simply choose a pair of shoes – that may belong to a refugee, a sex worker or a FIFO operator – and walk a mile listening to the personal story of the shoe owner’s life.

In partnership with PIAF, The Empathy Museum and Centre for Stories are creating an extraordinary collection of stories that will give us a glimpse into the lives of Western Australians from all walks of life.

For More information, head over to the Perth International Arts Festival site.

The Centre for Stories would like to thank the amazingly generous contribution of all the Story Tellers and their bravery in sharing their stories.  Working with Clare Patey and Kitty Ross from the Empathy Museum and witnessing the delicate navigation of empathy from a curatorial perspective was a real delight.  It was wonderful to face the challenge of a Bold and Brave program from PIAF Artistic Director, Wendy Martin, and for her faith in our young and untried Centre for Stories.

We were honoured to work with some of WA's most talented audio producers who captured the true voice behind each story with a sensitivity and awareness which is extremely hard to find in modern media.  Please take time to look through their profiles below.


Senior Producer - Meri Fatin

In 2015, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Meri Fatin co-founded Three Gates Media and launched her podcast Rare Air.

A presenter at RTRFM and former ABC local radio producer, Meri says working on  “A Mile in My Shoes” has been a dream job, allowing a different style of conversation and the chance to develop a   strong relationship with her interviewees.  

Producer - Sinéad Mangan

A regular voice on ABC Radio, Sinéad Mangan is a journalist and broadcaster with 20 years experience working nationally in print, online and broadcast media. Sinead’s passion for grass roots storytelling was fostered at the ABC, winning many awards including for the series Picture This and Tales from the Riverbank. Her ability to communicate difficult subject matter to a wide and varied audience was honed as a financial journalist whilst presenting the multi-award winning Dust and Dollars, to a Radio National, Radio Australia and local ABC Radio audience.  A love of journalism has seen Sinéad teach university students and more recently pursue her own research concentrating on the role of the press in the developing relationship between Australia and Indonesia.


Producer - Marnie Richardson

Marnie Richardson is a broadcaster, oral historian and photographer.  She worked on the Bringing Them Home Oral History Project for the National Library of Australia where she travelled Western Australia recording the stories of the Stolen Generation.  She subsequently went on to train young Aboriginal people to record the histories of their elders for local libraries.  Marnie has freelanced as a designer and communications consultant.  She is a director on the Board of RTRfm, a project officer at the Department of Culture and the Arts and co-founder of Three Gates Media where she presents weekly photo essays.  







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