In a Timeless Story - A Collaboration

Published on 17 November 2023

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In a Timeless Story is a picture book presented both in physical form and as an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experience – where the reader is invited to step into the world of the book and experience the story all around you.

The narrative unfolds through the knowledge and life experiences told by Laila Spik, who comes from a reindeer herding family in Sirkas’ Sami village in Jokkmokk, Sápmi, and Uncle Mikael (Micklo) Jarrett, a member of the Baga-Bagaclan, proficient in the Gumbaynggirr language.

In a Timeless Story explores the intricate connection between humanity and nature, delving into the transmission of wisdom across generations to safeguard the vibrancy of traditions and cultures.

The project has been led by Ishtar Bäcklund Dakhil  who, illustrated and wrote the text together with Marie Metso. The immersive VR experience has been crafted by Vincent Wong, and complemented by the evocative musical score composed by Philip Olofsson

Council’s Shire Librarian, Rowena Sierant, was approached by Ishtar after Micklo Jarret recommended our libraries for the exhibition. Reflecting on the unique proposal, Rowena expressed her excitement in supporting Ishtar's mission for an international arts grant to bring this extraordinary story to Australia. Eager to involve Uncle Micklo in the opening event at Bellingen Library, Rowena conveyed, "I contacted Uncle Micklo, and we are thrilled to have him participate."

Mark your calendars for the exhibition's grand opening on Monday, 27 November at 5 pm, where Uncle Micklo Jarrett will launch the event. All are welcome to join Uncle Micklo in a Gumbaynggirr language and singing session, followed by insights from Ishtar, who will also share the enchanting picture book with the audience.

Subsequently, from Tuesday 28 November to Friday 15 December, the book and artworks will be showcased at Bellingen Library. Visitors, both adults and children, are encouraged to immerse themselves in the VR experience using provided headsets.

The exhibition will be on display at the Dorrigo and Urunga libraries from Tuesday 5 - Friday 15 December, for the whole Shire to enjoy.

For additional details, contact Rowena Sierant, Shire Librarian, at 02 6655 1744.


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