David Carlin is a Melbourne-based writer, creative artist, researcher and teacher. He is a member and co-founder of the non/fictionLab research group at RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication, where he is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing, and he is Vice President of the Board of the international NonfictioNOW Conference (Melbourne 2012, Arizona2015, Reykjavik 2017).

David's books include The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP, 2015) a memoir/biography of Ethiopian/Australian circus performer Sosina Wogayehu, and the memoir Our father who wasn’t there (Scribe, 2010). He co-edited the Asian/Australian anthology The Near and the Far (Scribe, 2016) with Francesca Rendle-Short. In 2016, his radio feature/essay Making Up: 11 Scenes from a Bangkok Hotel, co-produced with Kyla Brettle, won two Gold and two Silver Awards at the New York World Festivals Radio Awards.

David has been leader of the Circus Oz Living Archive project and co-produced the 2014 Melbourne Festival exhibition, Vault: a Nonstop Performing History of Circus Oz. He is also co-founder and co-director of WriCE, the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange program. His creative nonfiction, essays and articles have appeared in Essay Daily, GriffithReview, Overland, TEXT, New Writing, Media International Australia, Continuum and other journals. 

He has previously written and directed for theatre, film and circus. He was a co-founder of the renowned Red Shed Theatre.

David has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television from Victorian College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Flinders University Drama Centre.

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