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From RMIT News: A radiophonic meditation on gender identity and storytelling set in Bangkok has won multiple awards. Kyla Brettle and Dr David Carlin won four categories at the 2016 New York festival (NYF) radio awards. Making Up: 11 Scenes from a Bangkok Hotelis a radiophonic essay/feature about sexual and textual identity and the act of …

Docuverse Snapshots #5: Gerda Cammaer

As part of their Snapshots bi-monthly forum, Docuverse presents a talk by visiting Canadian academic/filmmaker Gerda Cammaer. Modern day flaneuse Discussing various film and research projects she has worked on, Gerda will expose how her artistic and scholarly career is that of a flaneur, marked, as Baudelaire would say, by being “away from home, and yet to …

Environmental humanities. Deborah Bird Rose. “Slowly — Writing into the Anthropocene.” (With one of the better abstracts I’ve seen.) Get it via Text as a pdf. Thursday December 8th, 5pm, 9.4.32.

Tuesday November 15 we have an editing and writing intensive for non/fictionLab. Location: Abbotsford Convent, the Bishop’s Parlour (probably my age but surely there’s a cavalcade of Dave Allen jokes available) Time: 9:30 for 10am kick off (we will begin 10am sharp) Food: we would like everyone to bring a contribution for a shared lunch. …

Paola Balla on Aboriginal Non-Fiction Spaces

In October, Paola Balla joined non/fictionLab for the second entry in The Lifted Brow Lecture Series – drawing packed crowds to the Urban Writing House, and necessitating a late-stage move to a bigger venue. Paola explored how Aboriginal culture understands memoir, discussing the history of First Nations women speaking into writing, storytelling and non-fiction spaces, …

RMIT non/fictionLab is hosting US writer Nicole Walker for a week-long residency this November. Nicole Walker is a contributing editor at Essay Daily, a nonfiction editor at DIAGRAM, co-editor of Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction, and author of Quench Your Thirst with Salt, This Noisy Egg, and Micrograms. as well as the forthcoming Egg (Object …

Adrian Miles convened a panel at Visible Evidence XXII (2015, Toronto) around interactive documentary aesthetics. The format required each member to provide ten slides that would be on screen for thirty seconds in advance, so we each spoke for five minutes then opened it to discussion from the audience and amongst each other. (It was …

Overview: Snapshots #4 – Museums are Documentary Spaces

Docuverse’s final Snapshots event for 2016 saw the non/fictionLab’s co-director Adrian Miles take Seb Chan through his extensive experiences with the GLAM (Galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector from Sydney’s Powerhouse, through to reinventing New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, to his new role as Chief Experience Officer at ACMI. For “Museums are Documentary …

Last month, Alien She Zine was in the Urban Writing House for one of the space’s first collective residencies. The team used the residency to curate and develop their fourth issue – discussing the issue with each editor present in person, rather than just online (which is their usual strategy). Using the space, they were …

By Toni Roberts. Text Journal Volume 20 no 2 This experimental hybrid memoir/essay/portrait traces the lineage of my creative practice in ceramics to my mother’s life of making and her passion for clay. It is a reflection in three parts; part 1 sketches fragmented recollections of my mother as a maker in her era and …

On my first afternoon in the Butterfly House, I take my customary let’s-scope-this-place-out walk. I head down the hill towards the foreshore and find myself passing signature bayside boathouses. It’s school holidays. There are kids and dogs at the water’s edge. I ignore the kids and try to connect with the dogs. I’m already missing …