Presenting Writers on Campus – a celebration of writers at La Trobe

A monthly series of conversations, panels and events.

We're proud to present Writers on Campus – a monthly series of conversations, panels and events celebrating writers at La Trobe.

The series will provide a space for student writers of all levels to get together, support and broaden their learning.

Become a part of a community of La Trobe writers. Join the discussion, build your skills and networks, engage with industry and community and celebrate writers from a range of disciplines.

Each month will feature new writers and presenters.

This is a partnership program presented by the Department of Languages & Cultures and hosted by the University Library.

What do writers do?

When: Wednesday 21 September, 12 pm – 1 pm
Where: Bendigo Library, Gallery

One of Australia’s best-loved writers, Cate Kennedy, talks with creative writing lecturer Kelly Gardiner about the challenges and joys of being a writer. But what do writers actually do? Where do ideas come from, and what do we do next? This session will cover issues around research, ethical and creative decisions, processes and steps in different forms of creative writing.

Our guest:

Cate Kennedy’s short stories, novels, poems and creative nonfiction are studied in high schools around the country, and in writing classes at La Trobe. Her first short story collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, while her second, Like a House on Fire, won the Queensland Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Cate is also the author of a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight, Signs of Other Fires and The Taste of River Water, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her novel The World Beneath won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She lives in Castlemaine and has recently completed her PhD at La Trobe.

This in-person author talk will appeal to English students, people engaged in creative practice, those studying education with an interest in literature and anyone who loves reading and writing. Everyone is welcome.

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Writing Queer Lives

When: Tuesday 23 August, 12 pm – 1 pm
Where: Bundoora Library, Level 2, Seminar Room 2, 2.18

The first event in our series is ‘Writing Queer Lives’ – a conversation between author and activist Dennis Altman and historian and memoirist Yves Rees.

Dennis Altman is the author of 15 books including Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation and Defying Gravity: A Political Life. A La Trobe legend for many decades, acclaimed sexuality theorist and now the Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow.

Yves Rees is a lecturer in history, co-host of the podcast Archive Fever, award-winning essayist and author of the memoir All About Yves.

Writing Queer Lives will be hosted by author and creative writing lecturer, Kelly Gardiner.

Don’t miss what promises to be a very special conversation celebrating queer lives and queer writing.


Register now.