Congratulations to Michelle Aung Thin and Ronnie Scott who both received funding in the latest round of VicArts grants from Creative Victoria! Michelle received support for the creative development of Hosina, a novel for youth that explores the meaning of home and belonging in the context of the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya, and Ronnie for creative development of Shirley, a literary novel set in Melbourne’s inner north exploring real estate independence and queer families.
Ronnie has also signed a two-book deal with Penguin Random House for his debut novel The Adversary, to be published in February 2020.
After two years in development, the new National Capital Exhibition opened on 21 September 2018. non/fictionLab’s Toni Roberts worked with exhibition designer Chris Mether of Studio Mether and graphic designer Bianca Tweed of Studio Tweed. Toni undertook research, interpretation strategy, content development and writing of the exhibition text.
non/fictionLab’s Brigid Magner and Emily Potter (Deakin University) have co-edited a special edition of the literary journal JASAL. The special issue, titled Australian Literature and Place-Making, features a collection of works exploring literature’s participation in the production, or making, of place. Included in the edition is Emily and Brigid’s essay ‘Murray-Mallee Imaginaries: Towards a literary history of a region’, part of their ongoing Reading/Writing the Mallee project.
Bonny Cassidy’s book Chatelaine has been shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Chatelaine has also been shortlisted for the State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection— Judith Wright Calanthe Award (Queensland Literary Awards).
Tresa LeClerc’s essay The Controversy of Writing in the Voices of Others was published in TEXT Special Issue No 53 Identity, politics and creative writing.
What if all nonfiction writers imagined a queer aesthetic at the center of our discourse? What might this imaginary look like, feel like? non/fictionLab’s Francesca Rendle-Short and Peta Murray, along with Quinn Eades, Barrie Jean Borich and Lawrence Lacambra Ypil co-authored Nonfiction as Queer Aesthetic: Score for Five Speakers in Two Acts published in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction.
PRESS: 100 Love Letters co-edited by Francesca Rendle-Short and Laurel Fantauzzo has been shortlisted for the Best Anthology Published in English in the Philippines.
David Carlin had his essay, Fieldwork, published in Sydney Review of Books. This essay is dedicated to our much missed, much loved RMIT colleague Adrian Miles and the posthumanities reading group.