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Non/fictionLab’s David Carlin has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lapland this month. David gave a Keynote talk and a workshop at the University of Lapland’s Faculty of Social Sciences Seminar: ‘Situating the Self Ethically, Academically and in Society’ in Ranua, Finland. David’s talk was called ‘Essaying as Method’. It looked at the …

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard A further gathering of devout diarologists took place in the Urban Writers House last Thursday night to consider avenues for situating and extending discussion of our juvenilia  into a range of possible research frameworks within the field of creative writing and beyond. Contexts …

Lecturer, School of Media and Communication Brigid Magner is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and convener of the non/fictionLab Writing Writing and Creative WorkShop sessions. She has published widely on authorship, bestsellers and literary tourism. Her current projects are: On The Trail: Reading Literary Places in Australia and Reading/Writing the Mallee, for which she …

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”  – Gwendolyn Fairfax, in The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde  The first ‘movement’ of the inaugural Symphony of Awkward was conducted last Thursday evening at the Urban Writers House under the baton of Stayci Taylor, Kim Munro, and …

Sophie Cunningham’s Elephant Walk, 3 May

Ranee was the first elephant in Australia. She arrived in Melbourne from Calcutta Zoo on the 5th March 1883. After docking in Port Melbourne she was held at Sandridge at the Port Melbourne police station until late at night. She was then walked through the streets in darkness.  It took many hours to walk the …

The first bi-monthly Snapshots event for 2017 was presented by Pat Aufderheide a 2017 Fulbright Senior Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, and University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. Pat began her talk in participatory fashion by teasing out the audiences’ interests for being there, …

Image from (RMIT news article) ‘Media Students feature in Anzac Exhibition’. Undergraduate students in the RMIT Media program were selected to screen by Maroondah City Council’s ArtSpace. The making of the works was facilitated by the studio lead Dr Seth keen with specialist support from Hannah Braiser, both in the non-fiction lab research group. From …

non/fictionLab HDR student meetup in May

non/fictionLab HDRs will meet to chat about candidature, workshopping and all those other things us researchy students find fun and exciting.This will be a monthly or bi-monthly meet-up. Please do come along and enjoy some nibbles and drinks with your delightful community of practice. The first meet-up will take place on May 5, at 4:30pm …

Rebecca Harkins-Cross at McCraith House

    Melbourne-based critic, editor and essayist Rebecca Harkins-Cross was a guest at McCraith House this summer, in the lead-up to her participation in Women Writers in the City, a new project from non/fictionLab supported by the City of Melbourne 2017 Arts Grants. Rebecca says: “During my time at McCraith House I rewrote an extended essay I’d put …

Emily Bitto at McCraith House

Emily Bitto, author of Stella Prize-winning novel The Strays, was a resident in McCraith House over summer in the lead up to her participation in Women Writers in the City – a new project for non/fictionLab in 2017 supported by the City of Melbourne. Emily says: “My residency at McCraith House was the first block …

Can You Imagine Me Being There? by Simona Castricum

Earlier in March, Simona Castricum presented Can You Imagine Me Being There? at the Urban Writing House, kicking off Brow Talks for the year – a partnership between RMIT’s non/fictionLab and literary organisation The Lifted Brow, publishers in residence at Bowen St Press. Simona Castricum is a musician, architecture academic and writer from Melbourne. Simona’s …

Sophie Cunningham at McCraith House

non/fictionLab Adjunct Professor Sophie Cunningham was in residence at McCraith House over summer, in preparation for her Women Writers in the City Fellowship, a new project for non/fictionLab that will be supported by a City of Melbourne Arts Grant in 2017. Sophie says: “I was based at the McCraith House in Dromana from Monday January …

non/fictionLab presents Brow Talks

After a successful launch last year of this public talks series, we welcome back to BROW TALKS for 2017, presented in partnership with The Lifted Brow. Informal in tone and omnivorous in range, these talks are fun, forward-thinking samplers of the best new thinking about nonfiction today. Please join us at the Urban Writing House, …