Welcome to the Urban Writing House – non/fictionLab’s new space for all things creative and scholarly. Premised on thinking through making, it houses residencies, workshops, dinners, intimate public readings, and one-on-ones – events that thrive in the wide border space between research, practice, and the city.
This amazing space under Building 80 is very much in an experimental phase, and we’re having fun testing out what kind of things it’s for. In March and April, the Urban Writing House has been host to brilliant writers – including HDR candidate Peta Murray, visiting poet Stuart Cooke, and writer, editor and teacher Sam Cooney.
Many of our writers-in-residence choose a day to host ‘open door’ drop-in sessions, where students, writers, and researchers can come in for a cuppa and see the writer at work. Stuart Cooke’s drop-in session saw a spontaneous visit from local poet Michael Farrell, pictured below – so students were treated to some bonus poetry and expertise. We’re looking forward to hosting more writers as the year moves on, and finding new ways to explore the role of writers in the city.