Event archive:

We will be tabling at the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair Saturday 12th August, with a collection of books, the writing of Chi Tran and the notes and resources from the Transformative Justice Camp.

This is the culmination of the summer writer’s residency, where Chi will launch the text they have written over the last two and a half months, published as a booklet by the new IRL Press.

Other speakers are soon to be confirmed and will be announced here as well.

This is how I speak: A Workshop

This is how I speak is a casual and warm gathering for emerging writers of colour (of all ages), run by Chi Tran and Incendium Radical Library, in Narrm Melbourne.

The workshop will be very relaxed and participants are welcome to bring writing of their own or a piece by another writer. If you don’t bring anything that’s okay too.

From my experience, the best kinds of atmospheres for nurturing ideas/thoughts/rough drafts are where there is no pressure regarding your own work but rather, an emphasis on the thought processes and influences behind it. And from there, we naturally move into realising these thoughts into editing, re-thinking, playing with our words on the page.

We can give each other feedback if we want to; we can talk about the politics of our chosen form/s; how diaspora – dislocation – displacement affects one’s writing in very many different ways and ways to navigate the writing industry (though my personal experience within this is very limited). There are no parameters or expectations for workshop attendees; this is for you, so prepare if you need to, and in whatever ways that work for you!

This event will either be held at IRL or the West Footscray Neighbourhood House depending on the accessibility needs of participants.

If you would like to come along, please email your expression of interest to by 5pm, Monday the 13th of March, with your name and a little bit about yourself or your writing.

The IRL writer in residence for February is Nam-Chi Tran!

“Nam-Chi Tran sent us a well-focused, considered, thoughtful and developed application that really aligned with IRL’s principles and political ideals. We loved the mature, engaging poetry excerpt, in particular the way Nam-Chi made the political personal. We felt their suggestion for a workshop fills a space that is necessary and we liked the idea of the project combining mixed media and poetry. We’re excited to see what Nam-Chi produces and feel that it will speak to and connect with a wider community than those who currently access the library.”

Thank you to everyone who applied and a huge thank you to our panel of judges Vincent, Anupama and Arley! A bit about the judges:

Vincent Silk is a writer living in Narrm Melbourne. His work has appeared in Seizure, Un magazine, Wormhole (Next Wave), Going Down Swinging, and Alien She.

Arley Marks is a Melbourne writer, founding editor of Avalanche Journal, associate lecturer in sociology and sustainability at RMIT, and horse whisperer.

Anupama Pilbrow studies mathematics at The University of Melbourne. She works as co-editor of The Suburban Review and co-manager of Sibboleth Poetry Reading Group. In 2015, she received the Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship for her poetry manuscript the ravage space (which she is still writing). Her poetry and essays have been published in local and international poetry journals, and she sometimes performs work in Australia. She lives in Coburg.

We can’t wait to see Chi’s work in February and will keep you updated on their workshop and writing launch!