StoriesNOW @ RMIT
StoriesNOW was a two-year program of activities comprised of our Creators-in-Residence and the Bedell NonFictionNOW International Conference.
The StoriesNOW Creators-in-Residence program hosted four practitioners whose work included literary fiction and nonfiction, visual arts, feature writing and/or playwriting. In selecting the practitioners for this program the writer’s body of work, their awards, enthusiasm for the project, and their need for writing or research support was taken into account.
Creators-in-Residence undertook a range of activities targeted at students and staff at RMIT as well as a number of public programs. In each case, these included public ‘in-conversations’, film viewings, mentorships, master classes, keynote lectures, workshops, artist talks, guest lectures, and private one-on-one engagements with students and staff.
StoriesNOW has been supported generously through the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL)’s Cultural Fund.
The Copyright Agency's Board is authorised by Copyright Agency's Constitution to allocate 1.5% of its income to cultural development. This is known as the Cultural Fund. The Cultural Fund supports a wide variety of projects which aim to encourage, and provide practical assistance to Copyright Agency's members and the Australian cultural community. The priority area of funding is supporting innovation in the Australian creative industries to develop local and foreign markets for Australian works.
Examples of the range of projects supported by the CAL Cultural Fund can be seen in this short video.
For further information about the Creators-in-Residence program and opportunities regarding writing at RMIT, please contact Dr Francesca Rendle-Short.
Alice Pung is a writer, lawyer and teacher. The author of Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem and the editor of Growing up Asian in Australia, Alice has received enormous critical acclaim for her writing. Unpolished Gem won the 2007 Australian Newcomer of the Year award in the Australian Book Industry Awards and was shortlisted for several other awards including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and The Age Book of the Year 2007. She has had stories and articles published in Good Weekend, Meanjin, the Monthly, Age, The Best Australian Stories 2007 and Etchings.
Linda Jaivin is the author of five bestselling novels and a novella, including the comic-erotic cult classic Eat Me and her most recent book, A Most Immoral Woman. Linda is also a translator (from Chinese), essayist and writer on Chinese politics and culture, which she studied at university before spending nine years in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, studying Chinese and then working as a journalist. Her previous books on China include the non-fiction The Monkey and the Dragon and New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices, an anthology of translations co-edited with Geremie Barmé. Linda is a visiting fellow in the Pacific and Asian History Division, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University.
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for his latest novel, The Slap, which was also announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. He is also a playwright, essayist and screenwriter.
Mandy Ord is a Melbourne based comic artist and illustrator. Her stories have appeared in a broad range of local and international literary journals, newspapers, books and anthologies. In 2008 her first graphic novel Rooftops was published by Finlay Lloyd. Her second book of comic stories published by Allen & Unwin in August 2011, Sensitive Creatures was selected as a White Raven at the 2012 Bologna Book Fair. As well as producing comics Mandy also presents talks and runs comic educational workshops for schools, universities and community groups. In 2011 she was part of a group residency through the NGV called Inherent Vice, was a guest speaker and illustrator in residence at the Melbourne Writers Festival and a speaker and workshop presenter at Graphic, a Sydney based festival of comics and graphic novels. 2012 saw Mandy travelling to New York and Toronto as part of The Caravan of Comics to promote her books at two major comic book conventions. Currently she is also contributing comics to a website as part of a Goethe Institute project called City Tales and is publishing a small book with Finlay Lloyd in late 2013.
An Intimate In-Conversation: Christos Tsiolkas with Sian Prior
Thursday 11 April 2013
This event, co-hosted by RMIT University and the State Library of Victoria, was a culmination of Christos Tsiolkas’s month-long residency at RMIT as part of StoriesNOW, a program supported generously by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, which provides opportunities for established and developing writers and artists to learn and develop their work, and for the public to share in their discoveries.
Christos Tsiolkas is an award-winning novelist, writer, essayist, scriptwriter and playwright. His novels include Loaded (1995; filmed as Head On, 1998); The Jesus Man (1999); Dead Europe (2005; adapted as a feature film, 2012); and The Slap (2008; adapted as an eight-part miniseries for the ABC by Matchbox Films, 2011).
Sian Prior is a writer and broadcaster with more than 20 years’ experience in radio, television, print and online. She is currently working on her first non fiction book as part of a PhD in Creative Writing at RMIT.