Dissensus: A Festival of New and Oppositional Writing

Presented by Monash University Centre for Postcolonial Writing

21 September 2012

MUMA – Monash University Museum of Art
Building F, Monash University Caulfield Campus
900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East VIC 3145

Dissensus poster image by Louis Armand

© Louis Armand

Is literature an elitist cultural activity or can it be an exciting space in which new voices emerge and contest dominant values? What does it mean to be a new writer today? Dissensus is a one-day literary festival that brings together some of Australia’s most exciting new writers, poets, publishers and literary activists to talk about the role and possibility of dissent in contemporary writing. The focus will be on how today’s writers relate to and oppose the mainstream. Dissensus includes everything from dystopian futuristic fiction to radical experimental poetry, from political spoken word to zine-making, street press to new literary journalism. All sessions are free. A light lunch will be provided.


Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland and his books include Money Shot: A Journey into Porn and Censorship,Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left andCommunism: A Love Story.

Meg Mundell is a Melbourne-based author and PhD candidate (UWS) whose first novel Black Glass (2011), set in a dystopian world marked by surveillance, segregation and social unrest, was shortlisted for the Aurealis, Chronos and Norma K Hemming awards.

Jessica Wilkinson is the editor of RABBIT: a journal for non-fiction poetry. Her full-length collection marionetteis forthcoming in 2012 and she teaches Creative Writing at RMIT.

Tariro Mavondo was a national finalist at the 2010 Australian Poetry Slam. She is a founding member and workshop facilitator of Centre for Poetics and Justice, and is a founding member of Still Waters African Women’s Storytelling Collective.

Luke You makes a free, weekly, anonymous paper zine called ‘YOU’. The zine has appeared every week since November 2001. Every week the zine is distributed through Sticky Institute (Melbourne).

The Nose is Melbourne’s new monthly newspaper of satire, journalism and literary review. In the words of its founders, it’s ‘written, produced and edited by a cast of young Melbourne spivs, The Nose is anti-trend, pro-print and has only one agenda: reminding you that everything you like sucks’.

Rosalind McFarlane is currently a doctoral candidate with Monash University. She has been a part of several publications, most notably the Monash creative arts journal, Verge, and the Perth-based creative arts journal,dotdotdash.


Although the festival is free you must RSVP with this online form for catering and planning purposes. Any enquires should be made via email to Samantha Clifford.


The day’s program may be downloaded here (PDF format).