Once again, COVID restrictions dictated that what had been imagined – indeed, longed for – as a hybrid event was forced back into its screen-shaped box. PRS June 2021 was conducted entirely online, right down to the traditional supervisor-designed workshop for all players. led by David Carlin and Lisa Waller.
As ever, it was intense, and there were many thrilling highlights, including first presentations from new candidates Clare Strahan, Sushi Das and Bernadette Nunn. Clare comes from Professional Writing and Editing, and Bernadette and Sushi from Journalism. We were also joined by a swathe of new supervisors from the journo-crowd, including Lisa Lucy Morieson, Antonio Castillo Rojas, Alex Wake and Lisa Waller Their contributions made for broader and rich transdisciplinary feedback and “chat”.
Marc Nair (Singapore) and Sandra Roldan (Philippines) delivered robust and rigorous presentations that demonstrated assurance in critical thinking and synthesis in practice. Each is now nearing the end of their PRS-journey so it was great to have other members of their cohort, Joshua Ip and Dr Alvin Pang in attendance to witness their achievements. Other Melbourne-based candidates, Steve Amsterdam, Romy Ash, Didem Caia, and Nicola Redhouse delivered progress report milestones. Along the way we were introduced to literary rats, an ebullient deep-friend prawn cutlet, notions of reverie and impasse, and several fascinating theories about theory.
Congratulations to all candidates and supervisors who stayed the course. We look forward to the next iteration of the PRS in September, when we hope to be able to host a hybrid event that will also include readings of creative work, as well as convivial opportunities, drinks and snacks.
Text by Peta Murray
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