Sam van Zweden was in residence at the Urban Writing House in May, where she was working on her collection of lyric essays about food, memory and family. Sam was able to do some much-needed structural and planning work, refining the project’s direction and form.
Sam also hosted a drop-in session for students, staff, and the public. Says Sam: “It was so useful to have an opportunity to speak about what I was working on, and hear about other people’s projects, too. It was a nice way to punctuate my time in the house, and the conversations we had gave me some fuel for the rest of my stay.”
Sam is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food and mental health. She has written for The Big Issue, The Victorian Writer, Killings, The Wheeler Centre and others. In 2015 she was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and Melbourne City of Literature Travel Fund recipient. Her work-in-progress, Eating with my Mouth Open, was shortlisted for the 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. She tweets @samvanzweden and blogs at samvanzweden.com.