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DAILY FORECAST (care of Describing Things in Canberra):  

Wednesday Canberra weather: regardless of any thing Neil Finn may have said, you don’t really have your own personal weather bubble. You can easily test this by travelling from the Woden Valley to the northside on foggy morning. Or getting on a plane in December and flying to Helsinki.

So those of you who are in Canberra today will probably experience much the same weather as each other. Warm to hot and slighty sticky. The weather equivalent of spilling cocoa on your new trousers.

Chemical interventions such as deodorant, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and anti-histamines are strongly indicated. Consider long before you commit to opaque tights, however hairy your legs are. Once the sun is over the yard arm, applications of gin and tonic may be beneficial.



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Tuesday, November 29 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Text and Technology :: 2A6

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Rachel Robertson: Cross-Thievery: text and image in creative non-fiction

As electronic publishing offers more opportunities for short form publication and the affordable reproduction of image alongside text, contemporary creative non-fiction writers are increasingly incorporating images into their work. This presentation will investigate the cross-thievery that occurs between image and text in three very recent works of creative non-fiction (Antonetta 2016, Dentz 2016 and Reeder 2016) and how our reading of such works may change as a result.
      Using the frame of Bakhtin’s (1992) dialogism, I explore new chains of responses that may be read into a textual work when images are incorporated alongside, between or around the text. When a different creator is the ‘author’ of such images, the reader may interpret such polyphonic heteroglossia as contradiction, validation, appropriation, theft or a combination of all these. For example, in Antonetta’s work Curious Atoms (2016), the images from NASA appear to act as validating mechanisms and yet they may also be read as a thread of scepticism, questioning, for example, her analogy between the universe’s dark matter and her own brain’s unruly (bipolar) state.
      By presenting examples of the conjunction of text and image in short form creative non-fiction, I will examine creative ways of reading such juxtapositioning, suggesting new possibilities for creative exploration as writer as well as reader.

Antonetta, S.P. (2016) Curious Atoms. Essay Press groundloop series, 68. Wyoming, USA: Essay Press.
Bakhtin, M. M. (1992) The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Dentz, S. (2016) Flounders. Essay Press groundloop series, 62. Wyoming, USA: Essay Press.
Reeder, E. (2016) One Year. Series: Essay Press groundloop series, 66. Wyoming, USA: Essay Press. 

Lachlan Jarrah: Let’s Murder the Moonshine: Re-examining Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto for the Modern Age

Arising from the ashes of a wrecked motorcar “face covered in repair shop grime, a fine mixture of metallic flakes, profuse sweat and pale blue soot” (Marinetti 1909, p2) Marinetti declares war on the past in his Futurist Manifesto (1909). Championing violence, speed, dynamism and the machine, the manifesto had a resounding impact on European culture, particularly in regard to visual arts and literature. This paper focuses on Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto on Literature, a vicious attack on the literary establishment.  In his manifesto Marinetti seeks to strip down the barriers of language, laying waste to grammar and syntax, relishing in the chaotic grinding of the machine and the rattle of the automatic weapon. The principles of The Futurist manifesto transcend traditional views of literature, encompassing not only the thematic nature of text but it’s physical form and interpretation.
      According to Futurist scholars Tisdall and Bozolla “Almost every twentieth-century attempt to release language from traditional rules and restrictions has a precedent somewhere in Futurism” (Tisdall & Bozolla 1985, p10). In his writings Marinetti offered a revolutionary set of principles for emerging artists and writers to engage with new technologies of the early 20th century, absorbing them into their work and shedding classical pre-conceptions. Drawing from the works of Marinetti and following a stream of literature through the French writers Antonin Artaud and Pierre Guyotat this paper seeks to argue for a continuation for the war on form. By re-examining the Futurist manifesto for the modern era this paper  seeks to prove that writers in the 21st century can challenge current literary preconceptions and carve new pathways to artistic creation at both a thematic and textual level.


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Jordan Williams

Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of Canberra
Associate Professor Jordan Williams is a poet and multimedia artist who teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Canberra. She researches the materiality of poetry and the use of ‘play’ in creative writing interventions for wellbeing and health. She has led the creative writing stream of two Defence ARRTS programs designed to promote the health and wellbeing of injured and ill Defence personnel.


Lachlan Jarrah

HDR Student, Griffith University
Lachlan Jarrah is a PhD student at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Lachlan's research is centred around reinterpreting and evolving core concepts of the avant-garde in contemporary creative writing. Lachlan is currently working on a creative writing PhD that crafts an allegory for the rise of Fascism in the Balkans through narrative experimentation and the revival of early 20th century artistic manifestos.

Rachel Robertson

Senior Lecturer, Writing, Curtin University
Dr Rachel Robertson is a writer and Senior Lecturer in creative and professional writing at Curtin University, Australia. Her memoir Reaching One Thousand was shortlisted for the National Biography Prize and she is co-editor with Liz Byrski of Purple Prose, a collection of life writing by Australian women writers. Rachel is a past winner of the Australian Book Review Calibre Prize for Outstanding Essay and her creative non-fiction has been... Read More →

Tuesday November 29, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
2A6 Building 2, UC

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