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Dr. Adrian Miles is Senior Lecturer and currently the Program Director of the consilience Honours lab at RMIT, in Melbourne, Australia. He does research on hypertext media and networked interactive video, and undertakes theoretically inflected digital projects. Adrian’s research interests include interactive nonfiction, pedagogies for new media, and digital video poetics – with a Deleuzean cinematic inflection.

He supervises PhD candidates by thesis or project + exegesis in interactive documentary, digital poetics, hypertext, and computational nonfiction.


Ali Barker is nonfictionLab’s Project Manager, supporting the group’s research goals and industry connected projects. She has worked at RMIT since 2011 on projects including the major international literary events NonfictioNOW (2012 & 2015) and the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program (WrICE 2013 – 2017). Ali organises and programs public events with key industry partners and oversees logistics as well as supporting the research activities of nonfictionLab. Ali is an experienced arts manager who has worked for the Barbican Centre, V&A, Lyric Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Circus Oz and Victorian Opera. Ali also lectures in the Master of Arts and Cultural Management Program at Melbourne University and has worked with Arts Victoria on industry related projects.


Dr Bonny Cassidy is a poet, critic, editor and essayist. She is Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University and supervises Honours and HDR candidates. Bonny has released three poetry collections: a chapbook, Said To Be Standing (Vagabond, 2010); and two full-length collections, Certain Fathoms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012) and Final Theory (Giramondo, 2014). Her poetry has been featured in Young Poets: An Australian Anthology (John Leonard Press, 2011) and Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems from 2010-2013, with both poetry and criticism published widely in journals both local and international, including Jacket2MeanjinThe AgeThe Australian and Zone. Bonny runs a monthly poetry reading in Melbourne, and is Feature Reviews Editor at Cordite Poetry Review. She has for many years helped to develop poetry education programs in the community. Most recently she has been a guest of the Ottawa International Writers Festival 2014 and the Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland. With Jessica Wilkinson she is currently co-editing Australia’s first anthology of contemporary feminist poetry, and preparing a book of essays on Australian poetics.

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Brigid Magner is a lecturer in Literary Studies and leader of the essay node of the non/fictionLab research centre. She has published widely on authorship, criminality, bestsellers and literary tourism. Her current book project is On The Trail: Reading Literary Places in Australia for which she received a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria (2015-2016).

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David Carlin is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication, co-founder of the non/fictionLab Research Group, co-director of the WriCE program and Deputy Dean, Communication.

David is a writer, creative artist, teacher and researcher. His books include The Near and the Far (Scribe 2016, co-edited with Francesca Rendle-Short), the prose memoir/biography The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP 2015) and the memoir Our father who wasn’t there (2010); his creative nonfiction, essays and articles have appeared in Griffith Review, Overland, TEXT, Newswrite, Victorian Writer, Continuum and other journals. With Kyla Brettle, David wrote and co-produced the radiophonic feature/essay Making Up: 11 Scenes from a Bangkok Hotel (2015), which won four Gold and Silver awards at the 2016 New York Festivals International Radio Awards.

David’s recent creative and research interests include literary nonfiction forms and genres (essay and memoir), memory studies, narrative and digital archives. His ongoing projects include:

  • video/database art exhibition Vault; the Nonstop Performing History of Circus Oz (commissioned by and premiering at the 2014 Melbourne Festival),
  • interactive digital archive, Circus Oz Living Archive (an ARC-Linkage funded research partnership with Circus Oz, Australia Council and Victorian Arts Centre, 2010-2014)
  • cultural exchange/collaborative residency program, WrICE (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange), funded by Copyright Agency, 2014-17

David is Vice-President of the international NonfictioNOW conference, hosted at RMIT in November 2012 in partnership with the University of Iowa,  in 2015 in Flagstaff, Arizona in partnership with Northern Arizona University, and in 2017 at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

David supervises creative practice-based PhD and Masters candidates: candidates include Sian Prior, Peta Murray, Gerald Mair, Liam Ward and Antonia Strakosch.

David has a professional background as a writer, director and producer in film, theatre and circus.     From 2000 – 2005, David was a founding partner, with Nicolette Freeman, of independent production company, Cracker Night Films, where he worked as a Producer/Director.   He was awarded his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2009.   From 2011-13, David co-led, with Rachel Wilson and Bronwyn Clarke, the Belonging Project, a multi-faceted student engagement project based in the School of Media and Communication.   BArts (Hons) Flinders, GradDip (Film&TV) VCAMelb, PhD Melb.

Screen shot 2016-02-27 at 2.42.50 PMJulienne van Loon is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT UNiversity. Julienne van Loon is the author of three novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Harmless (2013). Julienne’s PhD is in the Creative Writing field and was awarded in 2005 by University of Queensland, where it was granted the Dean’s Award for Higher Research Degree Excellence.

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 of dedicated, sustained writing time I’d had in eighteen months, and it was incredibly useful and productive. I have been working on a second novel for close to two years now, but during that time have also been working full time running my own business. This residency allowed me to immerse in the project in a way that I don’t get to in my day-to-day life, and by the end of the fortnight I felt that I had made a genuine breakthrough. Primarily, as well as producing more than 10,000 words, I managed to pin down the ‘voice’ I had been struggling to find, almost to the point of despair, over many months. While at McCraith House I began to hear this voice clearly and, consequently, the writing began to flow at last. The time, the solitude, the singularity of focus, the expansive, ever-changing view, the proximity to the ocean, and the beautiful space in which to sit and work, were all instrumental and wonderful. McCraith House is truly a special place, and for me it will always be the place where I finally began to feel good about my second novel.”


Francesca Rendle-Short is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication and Co-Director of the non/fictionLab research group. She is also Co-Director of WrICE  the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange program supported by the Copyright Agency.

Francesca is a writer, novelist, essayist and memoirist. Her books include The Near and The Far (Scribe, 2016; c-o-edited with David Carlin), the critically acclaimed novel/memoir Bite Your Tongue (Spinifex Press, 2011), shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Literary Award in 2012. Her other novels include Imago (Spinifex Press), and Big Sister (Redress Novellas). Her fictions, photo-essays, exhibition text, and poetry for the page and for the wall, and scholarly work have been published in literary and scholarly journals and magazines, online and in exhibitions. Francesca has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong, was the recipient of an International Nonfiction Writers’ Fellowship at the University of Iowa, USA, in 2013, and was showcased in the 2015 Outstanding Field at Victoria College of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Francesca is interested in a research practice that seeks to subvert normative practices. She is intent on developing a scholarly praxis that pays attention to voice, style and structure, one that is idiosyncratic and playful in nature, attentive to whimsy and transgression, and is at times experimental.



Hannah’s project-based research is developing models for interactive documentary specific to the affordances of the network. Hannah is specifically interested in how aesthetic noticing, listing, and multilinear structures of documentary film practice find rhythms with the mess of the everyday. Hannah has presented at the Australian Screen Production and Education Research Association annual conference, The World Cinema and the Essay Film Conference, the Digital Cultures Research Centre and is currently working on a chapter for a forthcoming anthology on interactive documentary. Hannah was a visiting PhD scholar with Dr. Kate Nash at the University of Leeds during 2015.

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Jael Rincon

Jael Rincon is a communication designer and a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication. Jael is attached to the Literary journalism node of nonfictionLab and is a founding member of Latin America Research @RMIT. She holds a MA in Communication from RMIT University and a BA Hons (First class) in Graphic Design.

Her research interests include visual analysis, collaborative and multidisciplinary work, social semiotics and design for inclusion. Her research project focus on how communication design articulates publishing of investigative journalism. She employs visual analysis methods to define forms of publishing, particularly magazine design. Her creative project includes the prototype of an e-magazine for social inclusion.

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Jessica L. Wilkinson’s first book of poetry marionette: a biography of miss marion davies was published by Vagabond Press in 2012 and shortlisted for the 2014 Kenneth Slessor Prize. Her second book Suite for Percy Grainger: a biography is forthcoming in December 2014. She is the founding editor of RABBIT: a journal for nonfiction poetry. In 2014, Jessica won the Peter Porter Poetry Prize and was the recipient of a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, which she will use to research her third poetic biography, Music Made Visible: a biography of George Balanchine. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is Senior Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne.


Kim is in the second year of her practice-led PhD in interactive and participatory documentary practices and the experience of aloneness. She has a background in linguistics, photography and documentary film and has studied and taught these at a number of institutions around Melbourne.

Kim has made a number of documentary films, including Nerve which screened on ABC Artscape in 2011. Since then she made a film to stop the closure of the shortest bus route in Melbourne, visited The Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia and Montaigne’s chateau in France to make a film about relationships, and participated in collaborative art projects with artists in Melbourne.

Her interests are in the essay film, human relationships and connectivity, art practices, conversations, digital and analogue technologies, chance encounters and multi-disciplinary activities.

You can have a look at her research blog on her PhD Alone Project here.




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Kyla’s research interests focus on audio documentary and convergent media production. Using practice-based research methodology Kyla’s long-form audio documentaries explore the translation of film making practices and music compositional techniques into audio documentary and feature production.

Kyla’s work in convergent media concentrates on social or participatory media productions that solicit and incorporate user generated work. She has had a long involvement with the development of the ABC’s media sharing site, ABC Pool, and, has designed and developed it’s most successful project, My Tribe a participatory project ecosystem for emerging media makers.

Lucinda Strahan is a writer and journalist with an ongoing interest in visual languages and hybrid forms. She has published extensively on visual art and culture in newspapers, magazines and arts journals, and her experimental literary-visual works have been shown in the exhibitions Girls! Girls! Girls! (2008) and Writing Naked (2009).

She holds a MA in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney, is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and a lecturer in the Professional Communication and Creative Writing programs at RMIT University.

Michelle_Aung_ThinMichelle is a novelist and lecturer in Advertising at RMIT. Her research interests include: postcolonial literary theory, in particular the ‘limit’; writing collaboration in social enterprise; the mobile phone and writers in Myanmar. She is currently working on her second book, researched during an Asialink Residency in 2014 (funded by Arts Victoria) which explores the limits of identity in contemporary Myanmar and cosmopolitan, colonial Rangoon.

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Dr Patrick Kelly is a Lecturer at RMIT’s School of Media and Communication. He has worked as a writer and digital producer within the film, television, and online media industry since 2006, and currently serves as co-director of Critical Animals creative arts festival. His teaching and research investigates traditional and contemporary image-making forms and methods, including interactive documentary, mobile and social media, remix, and collaborative content production. He supervises PhD and Honours students in practice-led projects which examine video production and distribution practices.



Paul Ritchard lectures in film production His research focuses on film/media production as well as its intersections with teaching practice. His PhD is titled THE RIVER PROJECT A Poetics of Eco-Critical Film-Making where he is producing a series of films located around the Snowy River. They are investigating place, the poetics of rivers and the body in water. He is looking at eco-aesthetics, eco-cinema and sustainability in film production. Of importance, is how the environment affects the methods of production and the made film. His work is guided by his principle of making film that treads lightly on the landscape both literally and figuratively.


Peta Murray is a writer, dramaturge and teacher. Her short fiction has been published in Sleepers Almanac and New Australian Stories. Her best-known plays are Wallflowering and Salt, winner of the Victorian Premier’s Award for Drama. March 2014 saw the premiere of a new work for performance, Things That Fall Over: an anti-musical of a novel inside a reading of a play, with footnotes, and oratorio-as-coda.

Peta holds an MA in Creative Writing from QUT and a Diploma of Creative Industries from Victoria University. Now an HDR candidate at RMIT, her current interests include culture-jamming and performance-based arts activism, and her practice-led research project, Elderflowering: Creative Endurance and the Theatre of Resistance, proposes the “performance essay” as an approach to a queered and speculative non-fiction on themes of the creative life course and of eldering in arts practice.

Peta is co-founder and Creative Director of the not-for-profit arts-and-health organisation, The Groundswell Project.

Rachel is selection officer and careers officer for the Media programs. She teaches media production (specialising in film and television) and research in both the undergraduate and masters programs in the School of Applied Communication. Rachel also supervises a number of thesis students from the Master of Communication degree.

Rachel’s previous tertiary teaching experience includes photography, 16mm film production, script writing, television studio, video production, art and cultural production, criticism, narrative and contexts.

Current research includes mobile media, community media and critical communication (trauma) and is developing a National Online Student Film and Video Archive in conjunction with ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association).

Rachel is interested in the juncture between theory and creative and professional practice and her Masters explored themes such as female autobiography and the representation of memory and trauma within cinema.

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 in a drawer last year after coming to a structural impasse. ‘First Blood’ is a fragmentary and lyrical essay which wrestles with questions of cinema and nation, trying to find a form which can encompass the stories Australian cinema represses as much as those it chooses to tell; it is about bushrangers, film decay, sublimation, myth, ghosts, fire and danger (moral and physical). The residency gave me the time and mental clarity to sit with these jigsaw pieces, move them around each day, and gradually understand how they slotted together.”

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Visiting scholar Robin Hemley

Guggenheim Fellowship winner Robin Hemley is a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction, who is currently Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS in Singapore, and was previously Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at University of Iowa. Robin has published 12 books of nonfiction and fiction.

Seth Keen

Dr. Seth Keen is a New Zealand–Australian documentary designer and producer, who has worked for 20 years in the film and television industry. He is a lecturer in new media at RMIT University in Melbourne. Seth holds a MA (by Research) in Media Arts and a PhD (Media and Communication).

His academic research on documentary design engages with developments occurring in interactive documentary. Interested in media innovation, Seth collaborates with research, cultural and commercial partners on the design of audio-visual works, archives and tools. Projects include an interactive online video website (World Vision Australia) and online audio-visual archive (ARC Discovery, The University of Melbourne).

Seth in collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam facilitated the Video Vortex conference series, a critical forum on online video. He is currently co-organising the 2015 Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa (MINA) symposium and international screening on mobile filmmaking in Melbourne.
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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 30 to Saturday February 11.  It was invaluable. I used the time to reconnect with a novel that I started ten years ago called ‘This Devastating Fever’.  It was based on the life of Leonard Woolf, with particular focus on his time as a public servant in Ceylon (1904-1911), the early years of his relationship with and marriage to Virginia, her breakdown, and the outbreak of WW1.  One of the things I needed to figure out is why the novel had stalled, particularly given that the writing I had done on the project (some 20,000 words) was, arguably, stronger than I’d managed to produce for my first two novels. The retreat allowed me to realize I was struggling with just how contested this area of history is, and the wealth of detail that exists in the public realm about these two writers. I took a couple of significant steps. I cut the chord between the novel and ‘real life’. My research on this period of history, and indeed Leonard and Virginia, remains vital, but I’ve changed their names, which has had the effect of releasing me from what did, or didn’t ‘really happen’. The second step was to connect book, emotionally anyway, to the current political climate.  Leonard Woolf was an astute and early critic of Hitler and the rise and Fascism. He was also, being Jewish, subjected to much anti-Semitism throughout his life. One of my early impulses in writing the book was to connect September 11 to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (i.e. two pivotal moments in history). The rise of the Right, and specifically Donald Trump has reminded me that history is repeating itself yet again. I had not originally planned to write about the build up to WW2 in this novel, but now am doing so. That is, I’m writing about Ceylon and both world wars. I’d also note that Virginia’s worst breakdowns (and, indeed, her suicide in 1941) coincided with these two wars.  I’ve renamed the book The Precipice. The retreat was very successful in reanimating this novel and I am very pleased with how much work I managed to get done. As an aside I’d mention that I also took the time to research a series of historical walks I’m planning and, as a part of that, walked from Sullivan’s Bay to Dromana, in the footsteps of William Buckley in 1803.”

Sophie Cunningham welcomed as RMIT Adjunct Professor

non/fictionLab is thrilled to welcome Sophie Cunningham as RMIT Adjunct Professor for the next three years.

Sophie is a highly respected writer, editor and publisher. She has been active in the publishing industry for thirty years, as a book editor and publisher, and as author of four books (two of fiction, Geography and Bird, and two of nonfiction, Melbourne and Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy). Her essay ‘Staying with the Trouble’ won the 2015 Calibre Prize (Australian Book Review). She was an editor at the highly influential McPhee and McPhee Gribble/Penguin then publisher of innovative fiction and nonfiction for McPhee Gribble/Penguin and Allen & Unwin. She was well known as the editor of Meanjin, and was Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for four years. She is a founding member of the Stella Prize, a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing that champions diversity and cultural change. Sophie has been a judge on many of the key Australian literary and writing prizes including the Melbourne Prize, the Vogel and Barbara Jeffris Award. She has had decades of involvement in the Australian literary and writing scene and is highly sought after as an influential and well-versed speaker in both the media and at public events. Her speech on ‘Why We Still Need Feminism’, which was given at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in 2011, generated a huge public response. She was a panellist at the 2015 international NonfictioNOW Conference in Arizona. Sophie has an unusually broad range of expertise as a writer of journalism, fiction, nonfiction and some film scripts.

Sophie has been writing journalism prolifically since the mid 1980s including travel writing, arts reviewing, digital futures, writing on publishing, personal writing, and writing on Buddhism, and more recently on environmental issues, art and politics. Sophie has collaborated with non/fictionLab on a number of projects including the NonfictioNOW Conference, and she will appear in Present Tense, Celebrate Writing @ RMIT on 2 December.

Sophie Langley is an essayist and radio maker with an interest in food, environment, waste, making, posthumanism and social practice. She is a Masters by Research candidate in the non/fictionLab. Her research explores through a series of sonic essays the value in practices of making things using food scraps as materials.

Sophie’s writing has been published in various print literary journals, and online.



Stayci Taylor in the Urban Writing House

The wonderful Stayci Taylor was in residence at the Urban Writing House in July, non/fictionLab’s space for all things research, writing, and the city. Stayci  is a screenwriter and playwright, whose creative practice PhD project (female perspectives in comedy screenwriting) is, at the time of writing, under examination. Stayci teaches screenwriting at RMIT, and is currently in development with the New Zealand Film Commission with a feature film comedy screenplay. Her TV credits include 10 seasons of an award-winning bilingual serial drama, and a prime time sitcom, both in her native New Zealand. Stayci’s research interests include script development, gender, comedy, creative writing practice and celebrity studies. Among her publications are the journals Senses of Cinema, New Writing and TEXT.

Stayci says: “Time in the Urban Writers House seemed far too good an opportunity to squander on a PhD, but this could not be avoided. Lists grew on the blackboard, filled with serious intent. I was freshly back from overseas and, adjusting to a Melbourne July; I wrote in fingerless gloves and a beanie, eschewing both when practicing yoga beneath the looming lists. I’m a seasoned procrastinator but the seclusion proved productive despite me – a solitude broken only by the welcome visit of Peta Murray and Mattie Sempert, during which we composed our bonkers journal submission (peer reviews pending). The surroundings, the rolling skateboards outside, and the design of the UWH (if I were a Block contestant, I’d call it something convoluted like Industrial Urban Scandi): it all inspires. This meant that, as the week progressed, the call to writing something creative pulled me from my scholarly endeavours. My ongoing efforts to trouble screenwriting conventions were aided by a newly found and timid excursion into nonfiction. The resulting piece (for non/fictionLab’s Spotlight) – raw as it is – sees the most of myself that I’ve put on a page for quite some time.”


Dr. Toni Roberts lectures in Communication Design, across undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Toni’s research and practice focus on interpretation planning, design and writing for zoos, museums and other experiential environments. Toni is passionate about communicating stories and ideas and through form, text and image to shape spatial, sensory and thoughtful experiences that engage and inspire.

Toni is a member of the Essay node.

Toni is available for post-graduate supervision.

Toni is an organising member of The Turn series of events for researchers.

In 2015 Toni is a leader of the Writing for Design project that is developing learning resources to support design students to improve their writing. The project is supported by Global Learning by Design.



Tresa LeClerc is a higher degree by research candidate at RMIT, where she is working on a Creative Writing research project as part of her PhD Media and Communication. She also holds a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Melbourne. Her undergraduate degree is in English Literature from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), during which time she did a year-long stint at University College Dublin (UCD) studying Irish Literature.

Tresa’s research project examines writings on the topic of migrancy in Australia. As part of her creative project, she is writing a novel entitled All The Time Lost. Her short story ‘American Riviera’, was published as part of the book 9 Slices and her academic writing has appeared in Writing in Practice Journal of Creative Writing Research.