Conversant: Creative possibilities in arts writing

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What is arts writing beyond the idea of conventional critique? How can writers respond to artistic experiences in ways that expand and extend the value and impact of the artistic work?

Meet Piriye Altraide, Jini Maxwell and Adalya Nash Hussein, three outstanding and diverse emerging female writers taking part in Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2018 Writers-in-Residence program at Melbourne Recital Centre.

Through their experimental modes of criticism poetry including hybrid non-fiction, cross-platform multimedia and illustrated hypertext, these three impressive creative writers share their responses and interpretations to a range of music experiences at the Centre across the year. Want a taste? View the writers responses to contemporary cult-pop phenomenon Perfume Genius here.

Piriye, Jini and Adalya are joined by acclaimed Australian author, journalist and 2017 Writer-in-Residence at Melbourne Recital Centre, Chloe Hooper to discuss their approaches to and influences for arts writing and criticism. They will also share and discuss their works live in the Salon.

If you’re interested in traditional arts writing and the art of critique, join us and get a fresh perspective on how writers can blur, bend and break the rules of critical writing in the arts.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival


Chloe Hooper Moderator

2018 Writers-in-Residence

Jini Maxwell
Piri Altraide
Adalya Nash-Hussein


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This production is part of the following series:

Talking About Music

If you want to go deeper into what makes music work or the effect it has on our mind and wellbeing, Melbourne Recital Centre regularly presents informative and entertaining talks.