RMIT’s non/fictionLab Presents The Lifted Brow Lecture Series 'Brow Talks' – Season One

We welcome one and all to The Lifted Brow Lecture Series 'Brow Talks', presented in partnership with non/fictionLab at RMIT. Informal in tone and omnivorous in range, these lectures are fun, forward-looking samplers of the most razor-sharp thinking about nonfiction today.

Please join us these two spring Thursdays at the Urban Writing House, non/fictionLab’s new home for all things research, writing, and the city. Bring your ears, bring questions, bring a sense of adventure — for us, a lecture is a starting point.

These lectures are free, free, free – all you have to do is RSVP to They will be held at non/fictionLab’s Urban Writing House (RMIT City Campus Building 80.01.08), Melbourne, Australia.

Lecture One: Jessica Wilkinson and Bonnie Cassidy – ‘Now, Feminism’ (Thursday 22 September, 6pm for 6.30pm)

What is feminism, what is contemporary poetry, and what on earth have they got to do with each other? Jessica Wilkinson and Bonnie Cassidy, the co-editors of the anthology Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, square up to three local poets and demand answers.

Lecture Two: Paola Balla – ‘Aboriginal Non-Fiction Spaces: How First Nations Women Tell and Protect Story’ (Thursday 20 October, 6pm for 6.30pm)

Paola Balla will explore how Aboriginal culture understands memoir, discussing the history of First Nations women speaking into writing, storytelling and non-fiction spaces, both as published and established authors and as storytellers and mothers raising the next generations. She will examine the dignified, staunch, funny and fierce ways that First Nations women generationally maintain, generate, create and protect story in telling (and not telling) family and cultural narratives and the stories that live within the sky of narration, using examples such as the letters and poetry of her own mother and grandmother.

Throughout her lecture Balla will touch upon Margaret Lilardia Tucker’s autobiography, If Everyone Cared (the first autobiography by an Aboriginal person, published in 1977), Ruby Langford Ginibi’s works, Oodgeroo Kath Walker’s poetry, Lisa Bellear, the work of Ellen Van Neerven, Tracey Bunda, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, the work of emerging young First Nations writers Hannah Donnelly, Nayuka Gorrie, and a host of other First Nations women, visual artists, bloggers and writers.