2016 Digital Writers in Residence

Anthony Nocera, October – December 2016

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Anthony is a freelance writer and full-time homosexual. His work has appeared in Krass JournalThe Suburban Review and mous magazine, among others. He hosts The Range every Friday on Radio Adelaide and is the literature editor of feud magazine.

About the project

I read an article once from a gay writer about how he felt he didn’t have any history help him understand himself as a gay man, which I think is more than a little bit bullshit.  Queer people made their own, informal, spaces within (outside of or perhaps even in between) social structures that allowed for them to safely express themselves and their sexuality. One of those key spaces was beats, where we used to (and still do) hook up. Hook Up is a zine documenting my own personal experiences hooking up and having sex as a gay man, and it will be paired with a companion podcast made up of personal hook up stories of different types of gay men.
As a community, we do have history and stories to tell, Hook Up is an exercise in documenting these experiences- in recording them and writing them down- so that we have them to go back to, laugh at and be a little bit grossed out by.

 

Kathryn Hummel, July – September 2016

adelaide poet Kathryn Hummel

Kathryn is the author of Poems from Here and The Bangalore Set. Her publishing credits include Muse India and The Four Quarters Magazine (India); Six Seasons Review (Bangladesh); Himal Southasian (Nepal); PopMattersPrelude and Weber–The Contemporary West (USA); The Letters Page (UK); Blackmail Press (New Zealand); the anthology How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? (Hong Kong); Gulf Times (Qatar), and MeanjinCordite Poetry ReviewVerity LaTincture JournalSocial Alternatives and Transnational Literature (Australia). Interested in innovative forms, Kathryn has presented new media writing at East West University, Peopletree and Carmel College, as well as at Curtin University and the University of South Australia. Kathryn’s work with Paper Monster Press in the Philippines led to her nomination for the 2013 Pushcart Prize; her poem ‘any form whatsoever’ was translated to feature in the Finnish journal Tuli & Savu. Within Australia, Kathryn has been a resident with Australian Poetry’s Cafe Poet Program and with Vitalstatistix’s Forever Now; she has most recently completed residencies at 1ShanthiRoad and the Kena Artists’ Initiative in India. Winner of the Dorothy Porter Award for poetry at the 2013 Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, Kathryn was longlisted for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016, Kathryn was one of six poets commissioned to work on the Poetry Object project with the Red Room Company in Sydney.

About the project

My project as a DWIR will concentrate on portraying specific spaces through digital text and imagery. This exploration will take the form of various activities: the first is a six week-long collaborative project called Friends with Drinks, in which I will gather and curate various text, sound and image fragments from participants to explore the various ways in which people engage with the ritual of drinking—whether it be morning coffee in Rome, midday chai in Lucknow, an afternoon beer in Prague, a martini in New York or a glass of hot water before bedtime in Doha. After an early call-out for submissions, disseminated by a dedicated Facebook page, Instagram account and blog, as well as the DWIR Twitter and WordPress accounts, I will invite participants from around the world to contribute a text, image or sound file that encapsulates their drinking rituals, links to the space they inhabit and represent a particular element of their home and culture. Each submission will be edited and added by me to the Friends with Drinks blog in order to creative a digital documentary/cartography of various sites around the world. To ensure the Friends with Drinks project attracts participants, I plan to send it the project outlines to my existing creative networks, nationally and internationally. In this way, the call for submissions and permission for use agreements can be passed on rapidly through social media—in the past, I have successfully employed the same call-out method for the collaborative project I undertook as a Forever Now resident with Vitalstatistix. I will also blog bi-weekly on the development of the project, sharing my research on how to present the digital submissions I receive and asking for advice and suggestions from followers. During the last week of the residency, I plan to finalise and digitally ‘launch’ the Friends with Drinks project, making the blog live for contributors and audience to explore and comment on. It is my intention that the Friends with Drinks project will gather together a digital community that will continue as a feature of the digital landscape—like so many other creative blogs, including Sad Stuff on the StreetPeter Wildman, and the Hooked Blog.

 

Carla Caruso, May – June 2016

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Carla was born in Adelaide, Australia, and only ‘escaped’ for three years to work as a magazine journalist and stylist in Sydney. Previously, she was a gossip columnist and fashion editor at Adelaide’s daily newspaper, The Advertiser. She has since freelanced for titles including Woman’s Day and Shop Til You Drop. These days, she plays mum to twin lads Alessio and Sebastian. Published with Penguin and HarperCollins, her books include Catch of the Day, Cityglitter, Second Chance, and the ‘Astonvale‘ rom-com mystery series, kicking off with A Pretty Mess. Visit http://www.carlacaruso.com.au or http://www.theunitalianwife.com.

About the project

My project is called ‘Mermadelaide’ and would be told across various social media platforms – Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, using #mermadelaide as its tag. The story would follow a mermaid, enjoying a quiet, discreet life off of Goolwa – called Luna – who winds up in the city of Adelaide after being discovered by a baddie, Ty. Down south for a bachelor party, he loathes the very idea of mermaids, convinced his fisherman dad was drowned by one when Ty was a boy. Ty dumps Luna in the back of his 4WD and plans to have her secretly turned into canned ‘tuna’ at the city fishery he works at. But luckily his fraternal twin, Wade, gets to Luna first, helping her escape when he discovers her there. What Wade – a Channing Tatum lookalike! – doesn’t know is that he’s left his ‘imprint’ on Luna and she can’t escape the city until he kisses her to ‘release’ her. As well as Luna trying to find Wade again – and avoid Ty – she’s also on the lookout for a rebellious mermaid cousin who fled for the city years earlier and now hangs out in a ‘flipside’ of Adelaide, only frequented by magic folk like pixies and witches. Luna wants to warn her cousin about guys like Ty and make sure she’s okay. Luna’s just got to find the mysterious entry to this world first… I would use various means to tell the story, so that it’s like a comic book-style adventure but produced digitally and using different medium over the six weeks, such as artwork by my illustrator sister, photography and video by my husband, and makeup artistry. As well as text by me! I would also encourage ‘readers’ to interact with the story by coming up with travel tips for Luna along her journey, like heading to the Ghost Ships Bar for a mermaid cocktail, or advising her on where to get the best sushi in town. And to also offer ‘sightings’ of where they’ve ‘seen’ her (or hints of where she’s been) around Adelaide with their own pics, plus advising Luna what her next plan of attack should be, helping to shape the story.

James Rudd, April – May 2016adelaide writer

James Rudd 

James is a collector, wanderer and wonderer. He has been interested in writing since childhood, the days in which he’d write about dragons fighting the cartoon characters that he would watch on television every Saturday morning. James is a massive advocate for digital publishing and for the freedom to experiment that comes to contemporary writers. He has spent most of his work-life online, writing reviews and news for Glam Adelaide, working in communications, sharing stories with local zine makers and writing enthusiasts at the University of Adelaide as well as publishing an ongoing thought and travel blog.

About the project

Modern technologies, things like Google Maps, smart phones, advanced surveillance and big data tracking, have created a new, electric sub-world that we are all living in without even realising it. We are all living double (or triple, quadruple… septuple) lives in which we are navigating both physical, “real-life” experiences while also directing “avatars” of ourselves online. Combining this theory with the idea that to each person you are a somewhat different person we can begin to see that our lives are not simple, one-track stories, but complex webs. A single person can be stretched across the universe, leaving living echoes of themselves everywhere they go. Our social media profiles can become people in their own rights, and even take over the real human if we let them. What this strain does to the modern human is one of the main concerns of the proposed story, Operation Electric Forever.

James’ Digital Writer’s Residency project was an experiment in exploring the world, both physical and mental, through digital forms. It drew upon his own experiences and the experiences of others to create a fictional, dramatic and magic-realist “travel blog”.

 

 

David Chapple, March 2016

David Chapple is the Writing Development Manager for SA Writers Centre. He has a Masters in Contemporary Fine Art and one in Creative Writing. David has an avid focus on Writing and Health and has worked as the writer in residence for a number of programs specialising in mental health, disability services as well as working as a writing teacher in prisons and schools. He has spent most of his working life finding fantastic writers in all sorts of surprising environments and getting the Arts Council of England to pay for it. He moved to Adelaide from England in 2013.

David has run a number of our important community outreach programs such as our Big Issue Project, Common Ground, MEC, Writers with Disability project and much, much more.

We’re thrilled to send David on the road during March 2016 to visit regional South Australia and bring writing and storytelling to Mid North and Eyre Peninsula with our Omnibus project.