The 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival program will feature a series of public events that have been co-curated between RMIT and MWF, a long-time presenting partner. RMIT’s Associate Dean, Writing and Publishing, Francesca Rendle-Short said that this year’s partnership and program with Melbourne Writers Festival represented a deepening of an important relationship. “This exciting program showcases the talent and contemporary relevance of writing and publishing at RMIT. Through the playful sharing of personal and cultural stories, the writers in this program are delighting in experimentation and the possibilities of engaging with a festival audience.”
A talented cross-disciplinary team of RMIT staff and students collaborate with The Emerging Writers Festival event to produce The Gazette, a dynamic daily newspaper. Students organise themselves into a crack publishing team of quick-thinking editorial staff, on-the-ground reporters, professional artists, photographers and designers, working to real-world deadlines. Distributed around the festival venues, the newspaper covers events and initiates conversation about the industry. Students can take part in this exciting project by enrolling in the Media and Communications Internship (COMM2639 or COMM2460).
The Lifted Brow is a not-for-profit literary publishing organisation based at RMIT. The Brow works closely with RMIT’s Bowen Street press and has a focus on finding, publishing and championing work from the artistic and/or demographic margins. The Brow produces a quarterly print literary magazine/journal titled The Lifted Brow and also publishes books under the Brow Books imprint. RMIT also partners with The Lifted Brow to offer an annual prize in experimental nonfiction. This competition aims to unearth new, audacious, authentic voices from both Australia and the world.
Rabbit is a non-fiction poetry journal supported by RMIT and founded by Jessica L. Wilkinson (Senior Lecturer at RMIT). A pioneer in the field, RABBIT intends to celebrate the potential for poetry to explore and interrogate the boundaries of nonfiction writing. RABBIT encourages poets to openly engage with auto/biography, history, politics, economics, mathematics, cultural analysis, science, the environment, and all other aspects of real world experience, recollection and interpretation., RABBIT publishes all things poetry – poems, reviews, essays on poetry and poetics, interviews with poets, and visual art by poets – with an emphasis on new and emerging rabbits (poets) and a focus on supporting Australian poetry.
The Garret Podcast features the best Australian writers writing today about their craft. Astrid Edwards, Director and Host of The Garret, and a co-founder of the original podcast, also teaches professional writing at RMIT. Proudly supported by RMIT, The Garret is made for those who love writing, want to improve their writing or just love listening to writers talk about their craft. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.