RMIT’s non/fictionLab invites you to join us on Tuesday 2 May for a reading of works in progress by celebrated authors Sophie Cunningham and Rebecca Harkins-Cross.
This is the first outcome of Women Writers in the City, a project run by non/fictionLab, a world-leading centre for new creative practices, and supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program. We invited Sophie Cunningham and Rebecca Harkins-Cross to create new work, collaborate on an experiment in mentorship, and explore what it means to be a female-identifying writer in the city of Melbourne.
This reading is a rare opportunity to hear them read from works in progress in an intimate space. There’ll be time for questions and there’ll be snacks and wine.
Sophie Cunningham has been on the publishing scene in Australia for thirty years and is the author of four books. She is currently writing her third novel, ‘This Devastating Fever’ which is a fictional reimagining of real historical figures, and she’ll be reading from that work. She is also working on a collection of essays currently called Diary from the End of Days. She is an Adjunct Professor of RMIT University (non/fiction Lab) in the School of Media and Communication in the College of Design and Social Context.
Rebecca Harkins-Cross is an award-winning writer and critic, whose work has been published widely in Australia and internationally. She is currently the film editor for The Big Issue, film columnist for The Lifted Brow and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University. Her thesis examines the conceptual possibilities of hybrid critical forms, via an essay collection loosely about the history of fear in Australian cinema. She will be reading from an essay in progress, ‘First Blood’, which is about bushrangers, public danger and cinematic decay.
Date: Tues 2 May
Time: 5pm for 5.30pm
Location: Urban Writing House, Stewart Street (behind Building 80, opposite the basketball courts – 80.1.8).
Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.