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Symphony of Awkward McCraith House residency

Dear Diary, In September we went to The Butterfly House for Diarology Camp. It was in Dromana. There were no butterflies so the butterfly bit is a lie but it is because this house has three names. These are Larrakeyeah, The Butterfly House and McCraith House. There were lots of lovely things in the house …

Applications Open: Melbourne Visiting Poets Program – 2019 Regional Guest

The Melbourne Visiting Poets Program is a residency-based initiative coordinated out of the RMIT University’s non/fictionLab research group, in partnership with Australian Poetry, Melbourne Spoken Word and Rabbit: A Journal for Nonfiction Poetry. Previous guests of the program include Amanda Stewart, Natalie Harkin, Stuart Cooke, Lionel Fogarty, Ellen van Neerven, Andy Jackson, David Stavanger and …

HDRLab: Making strange with Yaron Meron

Welcome, aliens, to Earth. And while you’re here, please attend our divorce party. At the August HDRLab meet-up, PhD candidate Yaron Meron led the group in hands-on activities that asked us to think like designers and approach creative practice by making strange. Here’s Yaron’s report from his HDRLab workshop on Wednesday 29 August: I introduced …

Perceptions of Poetry

We want to hear your perceptions of poetry! Following our Present Tense ‘How to Read Poetry’ event last month, Cassandra Atherton, Ali Alizadeh and Jess Wilkinson are developing a project that aims to understand current public perceptions of poetry in Australia. You can help provide some initial qualitative data for the early stages of the …

Alison Whittaker Residency Recap

From August 13–15, Gomeroi writer Alison Whittaker invited us to share the celebration of her new book, Blakwork, published by the legendary Magabala Books. The collection of poems – prose and experimental in mode – as well as short nonfiction, is unique in form and expresses the vitality, originality and urgency of contemporary Aboriginal writing, particularly …

present tense .2 ‘Un-Lecture: Movement’ Changes the Way We See the Lecture

The Design Hub was packed out again for the second present tense event in the series, Un-Lecture: Movement. The sold out event was curated by Tresa LeClerc and Piri Altraide. It featured prolific multidisciplinary artists Neil Morris (DRMNGNOW), Sista Zai Zanda, Kathleen Gonzalez Villamizar and wāni. RMIT teacher Tresa LeClerc opened the event with a …

Speaking Up for Hot Scholar

Hot Scholar is underway, with the first of five sessions held on 16 July, and four more to follow.  Hot Scholar is a pilot program of supportive peer-based professional development, devised by Peta Murray, and supported by non/fictionLab. The goal of the project is to build researchers’ skills and confidence in live presentation settings. Its purpose …