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Simonne Michelle-Wells has blogged her reaction to the Master Class Overland‘s Rjurik Davidson facilitated  on political writing. There’s a link here, in which your correspondent has a walk-on role as a desperate alcoholic. I should say that the brief discussions I had with participants after the class were actually really inspiring: it was great talking with people who were so passionate about ideas and about writing. Anyway, Simonne’s post below:

The Overland Master Class for Progressive Writers, conceived and facilitated by Overland Associate Editor, Rjurik Davidson was as inspiring as it was constructive. We were blessed, not only by Rjurik’s witty wisdoms, but those of prominent industry professionals, Tony Birch, Cate Kennedy, and Lucy Sussex.

Let me introduce the nine writers in the class: Alec Patric, Angela Meyer, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Ilia Rosli, Warwick Sprawson,Daan Spijer, Koraly Dmitriadis, David Azul, and me.

Read the rest here.

[Update: Koraly Dimitriadis has more here.] 

Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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  1. Thanks Rjurik for having the vision and then putting in the effort to bring it about. And many hoorays for facilitating the three days with such aplomb and helping us so ably to hone our skills.
    Daan

  2. That sounds quite amazing. Thanks to Cate, Tony and Lucy (and you too, Rjurik!) Sorry I couldn't be there. Kalinda

  3. Yeah, thankyou for giving up your weekend for us, R. I did note though, that while we sat in our chilly basement talking about progressive writing, thousands were taking to the streets with drums and voices not 500 metres away for the Harmony march though the city. But as Alec said in response to my pointing it out, somebody’s gotta write the propaganda, right?

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