NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


Feeling swamped and overwhelmed by the modern city has become a typical human sensation. At times, it can feel as if there is no room for ourselves – our voices – within the cacophony of noises, speeds and intensities that define our daily experiences.

Until I started teaching a re-invented capstone Creative Writing subject called ‘Encounters with Writing’ at the University of Melbourne in 2016, I had never given the relationship between my small corner of the academy and the community at large much thought. I had always thought of these as two separate

Working with culturally diverse communities offers a way to contribute to social cohesion and connect with prospective students who are traditionally difficult for universities to access.