Rotunda in the West - conversations with Australian writers.
Join us: pause for an evening, savour a glass of wine and ponder the craft of writing in conversation with some of Australia's brightest writing minds.
Rotunda in the West is an innovative series presented by Victoria Polytechnic's 22091VIC - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing course.
Rotunda in the West is the best kind of community night - come on in, whomever you are!
You'll meet former students, who come to remember just what it was they loved about our course. You'll often witness teachers and students take on the stage. You might meet people you work with, live near or have admired upon a book cover.
Rotunda in the West has featured a range of guests from the worlds of literature, sport, politics, television, journalism and theatre including:
- Alice Pung
- Arnold Zable
- Dorothy Porter
- Greg Baum
- John Clarke
- Hannie Rayson
- Helen Garner
- Martin Flanagan
- Michael Cathcart
- Michael Leunig
- Nicola Roxon
- Ramona Koval
- Raimond Gaita
- Sian Prior
- Tim Costello.
Our spiritual home has been the VU Bar at Victoria University's Footscray Park Campus - a gorgeous secret spot overlooking the Maribyrnong and Melbourne skyline.
Occasionally we like to wander around the west - down to Williamstown, out to Werribee or into Sunshine.
Some highlights over the years
Check out some of the events we've hosted over the years:
- Alec Patric (October 2016)
- Arnold Zable (May 2016)
- Andy Griffiths (for grown ups) (June 2015)
- John Silvester (May 2015)
- Shaun Micallef previews new book (December 2014)
- Alice Pung previews new novel at Rotunda in the West (October 2014)
- Novelist Helen Garner Rotunda's 60th guest (June 2014)
- Conversation with Nicola Roxon (June 2014)
- Gideon Haigh and Roger Averill in conversation (April 2014)
- The Poetry bus- Rotunda on the move (March 2014).
Professional Writing and Editing