non/fictionLab invited Emily Bitto and Kat Clarke to create new work, collaborate on an experiment in mentorship, and explore what it means to be a female-identifying writer in the city of Melbourne.
Join us for an informal reading of works in progress by Emily Bitto, author of The Strays, and Kat Clarke, graduate of RMIT's Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing).
This reading in the Urban Writing House is a rare opportunity to hear them read from works in progress in an intimate space. There willll be time for questions and there will be snacks and wine.
Emily Bitto is a Melbourne author, and co-owner and manager of Carlton wine bar Heartattack and Vine. Her debut novel, The Strays, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2013. The novel was published by Affirm Press, and went on to win the 2015 Stella Prize.
Kat Clarke is a multi-talented creative and consultant. Being a proud Wotjobaluk woman from the Wimmera, she takes pride in being active with both her own community and the Aboriginal community in Melbourne. Having graduated from RMIT in writing, she finds herself mostly merging her storytelling with her other passions such as arts management, community development and film. Her upbringing and driven passion for her culture have guided Kat to become a cultural consultant for gaming and film companies interested in telling First Nations stories.
This is the third outcome of Women Writers in the City, a project supported by City of Melbourne 2016 Arts Grants.