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On The Table

On The Table is an ongoing interview series with emerging writers from the 2019 Centre for Stories Inclusion Matters Hot Desk Fellowship. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have had the pleasure of providing a safe and supportive space for our thirteen Hot Deskers to ponder, create, and share.

In this series, writers reflect on their Hot Desk experience, the changes to their practice, and the connections they made during their ten-week stint at the Centre for Stories.

Photos by Claudia Mancini

"As much as I love words and jotting down ideas, my writing practice has never been a formal routine but more so a passion project and a creative way to sift through my thoughts/feelings/observations."
"At the beginning, I questioned my own memories of my dream of wanting to be a writer ‘all my life’. I wondered whether this was another wisp of a child’s memory that I had held fondly but had blurred with time and the lens of romanticism."
"The Centre is the first literary space I recommend for any emerging writer I meet in Boorloo, or elsewhere in WA. The support and confidence I gained from the Centre has been instrumental to my growth as a young creative."
"There was a lot to think about, I remember telling people again and again how daunting it was to be adding my twenty-year-old voice to a millennia old discourse, especially around conversations about faith."
"During my Fellowship I started running the SFF Collective...I’ve found that the SFF writing and fan community is quite separate from the general writing community and feel like the SFF Collective bridges that gap in many ways."
"Being on stage and reading some of my work was a huge moment for me. I felt at home on stage and I loved connecting with the audience. It felt very special and I’m so grateful that I got to experience that."
"The nature of the Hot Desk—‘Inclusion Matters’—also gave me the opportunity to reflect upon exclusion, and the ways in which I have tempered my voice in certain spaces, and how tiresome constant reflexivity is."
"I realised that as a settler (i.e. someone who is not Indigenous to the land currently known as Australia) it is not for me to write the future of this land."
"I had all these poems about racial and cultural identity, diaspora and the struggle to belong. The sort of thing I’ve been writing about for a couple of years now. But I’d felt this urge for a while to move beyond that, or to expand on those themes in a different way."
"I work as a lawyer in a corporate environment with strict hours, I practice yoga and meditate regularly each requiring discipline and focus—whereas writing is the one area in my life that is fluid and flexible"
"The trip to Melbourne for the Digital Writers’ Festival was rewarding in so many ways. Being able to witness local artists and their arts scene both encouraged me to keep honing my creative practice while also giving me the confidence that my work had a place in the broader community."
"Whenever I go to the Centre for Stories, I always feel like I am going home. The Centre definitely fits well in the multiplicity that is my homes. Here, there is an abundance of love and passion and commitment to nurturing a strong sense of community and belonging for anyone who walks through the Centre’s doors."
"I’m a spreadsheet junkie, so whether it’s a first draft or editing, I actually record each 'writing session,' keeping track of my 'pace' (words per hour rate) and I make notes about factors that might’ve affected my output."
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