David Carlin

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David Carlin

David Carlin is a writer, creative artist, teacher and researcher. His widely acclaimed memoir Our Father Who Wasn’t There (Scribe) was published in 2010. His creative non-fiction, essays and articles have appeared in various journals and he has previously written and directed for theatre, film and circus.

David is an Associate Professor in creative writing in RMIT’s School of Media and Communication, from where he also co-chairs the international NonfictioNow Conference, and is co-director of the nonfictionLab research group. He is also co-director of the WrICE (Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange) program bringing together Australian and Asian writers in collaborative residencies. His mixed media exhibition premiered at the Melbourne Festival in 2014. In 1997 he directed the Circus Oz show in Australia and New York City, and since 2008 has led the Circus Oz Living Archive project.

David has won awards as a theatre- and film-maker and for his University teaching. He has previously been Artistic Director of Arena Theatre and a founding member of the Red Shed Theatre Company. His plays have been produced at festivals around Australia and internationally in Europe and South America.

He lives in East Brunswick with his wife and two children.

The Abyssinian Contortionist: Hope, friendship and other circus acts
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