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Women Writers in the City at Melbourne Writers Festival

Walking, reading, writing – the actions we take in public space hold specific resonances for women. At this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival, Sophie Cunningham, Rebecca Harkins-Cross and Emily Witt explore the relationships between geography and gender. This is the fourth outcome of Women Writers in the City, an experiment in mentorship run by non/fictionLab and …

Kat Clarke & Emily Bitto at Emerging Writers Fest

In June, Kat Clarke and Emily Bitto appeared at Lunchtime Lit: Women Writers in the City as part of the Emerging Writers Festival. In a project supported by non/fictionLab and City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants, they engaged in conversation about what it means to be a ‘woman writer’ in the City of Melbourne, read …

Mentorships and readings in the Urban Writing House

This year, the Urban Writing House has hosted events from the ‘experiment in mentorship’ Women Writers in the City, a project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants. The writers Sophie Cunningham & Rebecca Harkins Cross worked together for a day on fiction and nonfiction projects, then read from works in progress. They were …

Zoe Dzunko & Annabel Brady-Brown at McCraith House

Zoe Dzunko & Annabel Brady-Brown undertook a collaborative residency at McCraith House this winter, gearing up for Women Writers in the City, a project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants. They write: During our stay at McCraith House we collaborated on a multidimensional project, born from our five-year friendship and working relationship as …

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 …

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 …