HS Interview: Darby Ingram

Here’s a bit about me!

I’m a Wiradjuri woman. I have Fijian heritage as well, I’ve been slowly learning about this beautiful, rich and multifaceted part of myself. I want to understand in the way I understand my mother’s lineage. My mob are known as the people of three rivers. My family have generational ties to, and still live along the Murrumbidgee river.

I grew up as one of seven, the youngest daughter and second youngest child. I’m left handed, a Sagittarius sun and I genuinely believe in a higher power, but I can’t figure out the details just yet. I am fundamentally restless, curious and sentimental.

What do you do for week each day?

I’m currently a student. I have a couple of casual jobs in writing and after school care. I’m studying sociology/Anthropology minoring in Indigenous studies, hoping to return to country and empower the youth and women in my community.

Being a student is a really jarring experience, in that I love learning environments and have been waiting my whole life to be inspired and stimulated by like minded people. However I’ve always been one to have multiple jobs and a steady sort of sufficient income, so being stuck in this middle ground of life brings a lot of existential worry to the surface.

I don’t like depending on others, I don’t like owing anyone. Financial stability, building a family and grounding myself on country is this sort of looming pressure I feel, all while trying to enjoy being in a city I worked really hard to call home, enjoy being in this phase of my youth and finding out what this all means for me without precedence of culture or family values etc.

If you weren’t doing this you’d be…

A full time writer, if I ever find the words.

Hill Sixty began when…

I took a gap year (the first of an eventual three) and wanted to explore my vocab and opinion. It turned into the community we see now, and an extension of my creative and in ways emotional self.

I care for myself during these insane times by…

Taking space and time. My love language has always been a combination of affection and quality time. I’ve noticed my self leaning in, toward my partner. Wanting to talk more and touch more and looking for comfort in his company. Otherwise I’ve been taking the time I spend alone to tend to my afro, something I’ve always cut corners with, I love to cook and I try to express myself through my creativity.

Here’s valuable lesson I learned recently!

With the current state of the world, stripping it all back, I’ve learned there’s so much that I don’t need. I’ve learned how much I thrive as a result of experiencing and sharing with others, and that I have a lot of work to do for myself, now that I sit with myself all day.

Quick Fire

Favourite book? As if I can narrow it down to one, have three. Beloved by Toni Morrison, Go tell it on the mountain, James Baldwin and Miss Maya Angelou, I know why the caged bird sings.

Best way to unwind? Read/Write, Gin and tonic, dance; usually in that order.

What is a 10/10 series you’re watching? Insecure, the day I saw myself through Issa and Molly etc was really special, I’m sure most black girls can agree, and I’m re watching Euphoria right now.

Honest coffee order? A small caramel latte, I don’t want to talk about it.

Sweet or savoury? Sweet or incredibly bitter.

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