The donation of Dromana's Butterfly House enables non/fictionLab to offer McCraith House Writers Residencies throughout the year.
The house, an architectural treasure of the 1950s, was donated to RMIT University by descendants of the original owners. Recent resident writers include Hannie Rayson, Carrie Tiffany, and Wayne Macauley.
"Having access to the extraordinary McCraith House has enabled the Writing Programs and the non/fictionLab Research Group of the School of Media and Communication to establish a wonderful calendar of Residencies and Fellowships for Australian and international writers and Visiting Fellows. Already, we have hosted leading writers including Hannie Rayson, Carrie Tiffany, Wayne Macauley and Dai Fan (from China's Sun Yat Sen University). McCraith House also enables us to deepen industry and international partnerships with organisations such as the Stella Prize and the NonfictioNOW Conference. McCraith House is a truly special place — an iconic Australian beachhouse perched on a hillside on the Mornington Peninsula — and it provides the perfect sanctuary for the solitary work of writers, and the perfect counterpart to RMIT's vibrant city campus." David Carlin, non/fictionLab co-Director.