Drusilla Modjeska In Rmit Residency

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Something to write home about

The distinguished Australian writer, Drusilla Modjeska, is sharing her expertise with

RMIT University writing students as writer-in-residence this month.

Ms Modjeska’s writing often explores the boundaries between fiction and non-

fiction. As a writer-in-residence, she is conducting a masterclass over four weeks

and meeting selected participants individually to discuss their work. 

In addition to the masterclass, Ms Modjeska is meeting postgraduate research

students and sitting in on writing classes for the Master of Creative Media and

undergraduate programs. 

She will also be in conversation with fellow novelist Hilary McPhee on writing,

publishing and the writer’s life on Tuesday, 20 October, at the State Library.

Professor Catherine Cole, Discipline Head, Writing and Communication and Chair,

Creative Writing at RMIT, spoke about the writer-in-residence program, funded by

the Cultural Fund of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). 

“RMIT is renowned for producing writers of outstanding calibre, many of whom go

on to produce award-winning publications. With the writer-in-residence program,

we hope to expose our students to the best in Australia’s literary world. It is a

pleasure and privilege to have Drusilla join us.”

Drusilla Modjeska was born in England but has lived in Australia since 1971. Her

books include Exiles at Home, Poppy, The Orchard, Secrets (with Robert Dessaix

and Amanda Lohrey), Stravinsky’s Lunch and Timepieces. She has won many

awards, including the Banjo, the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction (three

times), the Nita B. Kibble Award (twice) and the Australian Booksellers’ Book of the

Year Award.

Ms Modjeska will maintain her relationship with the RMIT writing program through

a range of writing and research projects. In 2010, Robert Dessaix, Chloe Hooper,

Nam Le and Ana Kokkinos will also participate in residencies at RMIT.

Drusilla Modjeska in conversation with Hilary McPhee


Tuesday, 20 October

Time: 6pm

Place: State Library, Swanston Street, Melbourne


Free, but bookings essential. (03) 8664 7099 or bookings@slv.vic.gov.au 

For interviews or comment: Professor Catherine Cole, (03) 9925 3714 or

email catherine.cole@rmit.edu.au

For general media enquiries, RMIT University Communications, David Glanz,

(03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.

14 October, 2009   

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