Here's a collection of publications from the non/fictionLab:
The Abyssinian Contortionist: Hope, friendship and other circus acts
David Carlin's new book, The Abyssinian Contortionist, a memoir/biography of Ethiopian/Australian circus performer Sosina Wogayehu, was published by UWA Publishing in 2015. Following his acclaimed memoir Our Father Who Wasn’t There, David brings us his ‘not-me’ book, travelling to Addis Ababa where he discovers ways of living so different to his own and confronts his Western fantasies and fears. Through Sosina’s story he shows us that, with risk and enough momentum, life — whom we befriend, where we end up, how we come to see ourselves — is never predictable.
WrICE publications: Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry
non/fictionLab’s Bonny Cassidy and Jessica Wilkinson are currently editing an Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry to be published by Hunter Publishers in July 2016. The anthology will explore how the complex discussion and realisation of gender equality plays itself out in contemporary poetry in Australia and what spectrum of feminist politics can be heard there.
non/fictionLab’s RABBIT Poetry Journal (founded and edited by Jessica Wilkinson) is a print journal for nonfiction poetry. A pioneer in the field, RABBIT intends to celebrate the potential for poetry to explore and interrogate the boundaries of nonfiction writing. Issues 14, 15 and 16 were launched in 2015. The journal will be published by non/fictionLab’s Bowen Street Press in 2016, including issues 17 (Geography), 18 (Philosophy), 19 (Prose Poetry) and issue 20 (Dance).
Shy – a memoir was written as a part of Sian Prior's Creative Practice PhD at RMIT, and was supervised by David Carlin and Brian Morris. It will be published by Text Publishing in May 2014. In this book, Sian investigates the science of social anxiety, after suffering from excruciating shyness herself for years.
Shy – frank, provocative, remarkable in its clarity and beautifully written – is a book about unease: about questioning who you are and evading the answer. It is about grief and abandonment. It is about the simple word shy and the complex painful reality it represents.
Our Father Who Wasn't There
This memoir, both truthful and fictional, attempts to tell the life story of Brian Carlin, David's father. Brian Carlin committed suicide when David was six months old, resulting in his son yearning to conjure up his father and uncover the series of events that led to his death. Our Father Who Wasn't There pieces together Brian Carlin's tale from medical records, faltering memories, and imagined scenarios. Interview with David.
Finding Furphy Country
Brigid Magner's article "Finding Furphy Country: Such is Life and Literary Tourism" has been published in the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. This paper considers a range of sites within the nascent Furphy heritage industry, arguing that they offer tourists opportunities to emotionally re-engage with Australia’s frontier past.
In 2013, non/fictionLab co-directors David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short edited a special issue of TEXT Journal: Nonfiction Now. Read their introduction (PDF) and their non introduction (PDF) for this issue.