non/fictionLab is thrilled to welcome Sophie Cunningham as RMIT Adjunct Professor for the next three years.
Sophie is a highly respected writer, editor and publisher. She has been active in the publishing industry for thirty years, as a book editor and publisher, and as author of four books (two of fiction, Geography and Bird, and two of nonfiction, Melbourne and Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy). Her essay ‘Staying with the Trouble’ won the 2015 Calibre Prize (Australian Book Review). She was an editor at the highly influential McPhee and McPhee Gribble/Penguin then publisher of innovative fiction and nonfiction for McPhee Gribble/Penguin and Allen & Unwin. She was well known as the editor of Meanjin, and was Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for four years. She is a founding member of the Stella Prize, a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing that champions diversity and cultural change. Sophie has been a judge on many of the key Australian literary and writing prizes including the Melbourne Prize, the Vogel and Barbara Jeffris Award. She has had decades of involvement in the Australian literary and writing scene and is highly sought after as an influential and well-versed speaker in both the media and at public events. Her speech on ‘Why We Still Need Feminism’, which was given at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in 2011, generated a huge public response. She was a panellist at the 2015 international NonfictioNOW Conference in Arizona. Sophie has an unusually broad range of expertise as a writer of journalism, fiction, nonfiction and some film scripts.
Sophie has been writing journalism prolifically since the mid 1980s including travel writing, arts reviewing, digital futures, writing on publishing, personal writing, and writing on Buddhism, and more recently on environmental issues, art and politics. Sophie has collaborated with non/fictionLab on a number of projects including the NonfictioNOW Conference, and she will appear in Present Tense, Celebrate Writing @ RMIT on 2 December.