Two established residency-based programs, WrICE and Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, will bring high profile writers and students together this year.
RMIT's Writing and Publishing cluster of programs is responsible for two future-thinking residency programs, funded and run in partnership with industry.
The Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program (WrICE), now in its fifth year, will bring together 13 writers from throughout the region in Indonesia to take part in a residency, and a yearly festival at the Jakarta Post Writers Centre. All participants will then reunite in Australia in August and September for the Melbourne Writers Festival. The program is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and the non/fictionLab research group.
The 2018 Program will see five international writers and three students join Established and Early Career writers Ali Cobby Eckermann and Rajith Savanadasa in Yogyakarta, followed by public events in Jakarta in April and May. Eckermann and Savanadasa will join Andy Butler, Fiona Murphy and Saaro Umar who are all current students of RMIT Writing Programs. The five Australians will undertake a residency with five outstanding International writers from throughout the region, alongside writers and project co-Directors David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short.
The Melbourne Visiting Poets Program is in its fourth year, and will see two residents at RMIT's City Campus this year. The program is committed to bringing diverse and regional poets the Melbourne CBD student body and community. Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, the program is a partnership between non/fictionLab research group, Australian Poetry, Melbourne Spoken Word and Rabbit Journal.
This year, a regional resident was selected from an open national application process. The selected poet, David Stavanger, will arrive in early May to run a series of public events and activities with the Melbourne community. In August, he will be followed by the invited resident, Kamilaroi poet Alison Whittaker, visiting from Sydney to work with Indigenous poets and students.