Varuna Affirm Press Mentorship – Wednesday morning

Fuckballs.

You know how writing about yourself can be hard work? And how overthinking everything can lead to either tangled knots or brilliant insight?

Well, yeah. That just happened.

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Self as subject: the peculiar pickle of autobiographical higher degree research

Paper presented at the University of Newcastle Creative Arts Research Symposium, Newcastle, Australia, 9 June, 2016. I do not condone the use of memoir, surveillance, or any other discourse altering substances. Writing a memoir involves taking one’s life and smearing it onto the page. When you craft a memoir, it is inevitably a personal experience […]

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Why I have a ‘feminist killjoy’ tattoo: the consequences and value of visible feminism

The other day I was having a conversation about Beyonce’s feminist credentials when the topic of labels came up. ‘If you need to label yourself,’ a very smart woman in the conversation said, ‘then maybe you’re not really that thing.’ At the time I nodded, yes, this makes sense. But the more I mulled it […]

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Case study blurbs: thinking about creativity within a interdisciplinary framework

Spider web by spider on caffeine (http://www.trinity.edu/jdunn/spiderdrugs.htm) I’ve been teaching a first year theory subject with Dr Susan Ballard for a few years called Contemporary Creative Practice, we call is CACS (the subject code). It’s a compulsory core subject, for all creative arts students at University of Wollongong and aims to give a strong foundation […]

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