The event will invite MWF participants to make new meaning from the raw materials of their own life experience, grief and loss, through experimentation with creative writing and communal story-making.
Murray said the show extends on her performance essay practice developed during her doctorate.
“The show is about what happens when we bring a group of people and their life stories together and find a vehicle that allows those stories and memories to intersect,” she said.
RMIT will also co-present The Particular is the Universal on Friday 6 September, a shared performance between emerging Singaporean writers and creative writing students at RMIT.
The result of an intercultural collaboration studio as part of the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), the event will feature RMIT students will performing alongside emerging literary voices from Singapore, including Singapore National Arts Council Young Artist of the Year (Literature) Alvin Pang.
School of Media and Communication guest lecturer and author Sreedhevi Iyer coordinated the intercultural collaboration studio as part of the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing).
“Just as I'm conscious that our RMIT students might experience something different to what they are usually exposed to in their writing world, I'm also hopeful that the Singaporean writers will encounter a specific strangeness that is different to what they understand about this place,” Iyer said.
RMIT's non/fictionLab research group and not-for-profit literary publishing organisation and industry partner The Lifted Brow will co-present a public lecture series, Brow Talks, that aims to present interesting speakers thinking deeply about passionate topics for a general audience.
Incubated and sponsored by RMIT Writing and Publishing, the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program (WrICE) will bring together Asian and Australian Writers for several MWF events, including Writers Across Borders, West Writers x WrICE, and the launch of their latest anthology, The Near and the Far, Volume 2, a collection of the best writers from the Asia-Pacific region published by Scribe Publications.
Internationally-renowned writers including RMIT Writing and Publishing Adjunct Professor Yankunytjatjara writer Ali Cobby Eckermann, RMIT alumni Rajith Savanadasa and Andy Butler, Oromo poet and editor Saaro Umar are set to feature as part of the events alongside WrICE writers Christos Tsiolkas, playwright Michele Lee and international writers Bernice Chauly and Norman Erikson Pasibaru.
Melbourne Writers Festival will run from 30 August – 8 September 2019. View the full program here.
Story: Ali Barker and Jasmijn van Houten