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http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/10826489 (Jakob van Uexküll, A foray in the world of animals and humans) and Rethinking the Animate, Tim Ingold, from: Ingold, Tim. Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. London: Routledge, 2011. Print. http://vogmae.dropmark.com/288306/10826492

“Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn’t want them back.” – Krapp’s final words, in the play Krapp’s Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett. It’s awkward when one can’t work out how to spin …

Kat Clarke and Emily Bitto read from works in progress

Please join us at the Urban Writing House on Tuesday 25 July for an informal reading of works in progress by Emily Bitto, author of The Strays, and Kat Clarke, graduate of RMIT’s BA (Creative Writing). This is the third outcome of Women Writers in the City, a project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts …

Docuverse Snapshots: Karelle Arsenault

Snapshots: I recall an interactive documentary… By Kim Munro Part-way through her presentation on interactive documentary and memory, Karelle began to recount memories of sleepovers as a child. Karelle and her gang of movie-loving friends would line up their mattresses in the basement and have ‘watching marathons’ that lasted well into the morning. They would eat …

Kathrine Clarke at McCraith House

Kathrine Clarke was in residence at McCraith House in May, in the lead up to her work with Women Writers in the City, a non/fictionLab project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants. Writes Kat: “My time at the Butterfly House was a nice reminder of how much I love the simple things in life. Time …

Courtesy of Daniel Binns we have the opening gambits of Eugene Thacker’s recent horror of philosophy trilogy. We are reading the preface and first part (PDF) of The Dust of This Planet. citation is more or less Thacker, Eugene. In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy. Winchester: Zero Books, 2011. Print. Next reading …

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 …