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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Rosalie Ham at McCraith House

The brilliant Rosalie Ham was in residence at McCraith House in June/July this year. Here, she shares an astonishing reflection on her time in Dromana, including pictures of the writer at work. Enjoy: The final rewrite; a familiar story. Much effort was required to reach the tranquility McCraith House promised so that I could work …

Dai Fan at McCraith House

“It was January, 2015, I had just arrived at the Butterfly House for a three-week writing residency in the small town of Dromana in the Mornington Peninsular south of Melbourne.” So begins a gorgeous essay by the writer Dai Fan – a testament to a profound and catalysing residency experience in a unique location. The …

In May and June, non/fictionLab hosted two writers at McCraith House in Dromana – Sam Cooney and Briohny Doyle. Sam Cooney is publisher and director at literary publishing organisation The Lifted Brow, and is a writer and editor. He teaches writing at various Melbourne universities, sits on several boards, recently undertook a residency with McSweeney’s Publishing in …