Christine “Kix” Mwaturura lays herself naked in her podcast Non-public Affairs, which particulars the ups and downs of being a black girl relationship in a lately adopted nation. And it’s paid off: the 36-year-old author, radio DJ and podcaster has gained the Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship, price $15,000.
The fellowship was created in 2019 in honour of the late award-winning ABC audio producer Jesse Cox. It was arrange by Cox’s widow, Que Minh Luu, who’s director of content material at Netflix ANZ, and a gaggle of his family members together with Benjamin Regulation, Clare Holland, Kali Reid, Jess Bineth and Scott Spark. Supplied in partnership with podcast studio Audiocraft and manufacturing studio Unison, it supplies an incredible alternative for aspiring audio producers and is designed to help native and underrepresented voices.
Initially from Zimbabwe, Melbourne-based Mwaturura shall be recognized to PBS radio audiences because the host of Afro Flip Up, a weekly radio present about modern African music.
She describes her six-episode fictional narrative podcast Non-public Affairs as a romantic dramedy, related in tone to HBO’s TV present Insecure. She has massive ambitions for her audio sequence, given plenty of listeners have urged she flip it right into a e-book, YouTube sequence or perhaps a TV present. The podcast was impressed by a personality from a weblog about relationship she began quickly after she moved to Melbourne in 2014.
With the fellowship cash, she intends to create a second sequence of the present, which additionally gained podcast of the yr and greatest fiction podcast on the 2021 Australian Podcast Awards.
Though it’s semi-autobiographical, Mwaturura is pushed mad by folks assuming the podcast is all about her. The presumption is comprehensible although, as the principle character, Veronica, shares some similarities – together with being a current transplant to Melbourne from Zimbabwe.
“I don’t like to inform folks what’s fact and what’s fiction however I do put lots of myself into the story. Even the issues which are made up, the feelings which are behind these fictional emotions are very actual. I’d borrow from different components of my life,” she says.
Relationship in Australia and America, the place she lived earlier than coming right here, could be very completely different to relationship in Zimbabwe. “I discover it very tough to decipher whether or not a man is flirting with me or simply being good. Compared to being again in Zimbabwe [where] if a man likes you, they’ll inform you fairly plainly,” she says. “Right here, it’s much more refined on the whole. It’s a lot more durable to decipher folks’s intentions.