so many memories have pressed on the ribbons / so
many rhythms crashed out on the keys
people passing through stepping back
into over around finding / or even avoiding
some fabulous forgotten feeling
or some uncomfortable childhood dream
memory makes us
memory makes us see
— Maxine Beneba Clarke, 1 November 2014
After stops in four Australian cities, covering 18,887 km, and featuring the talents of eleven extraordinary authors, we have closed the book on Memory Makes Us for 2014.
Memory Makes Us, an ongoing experiment that creates an interface between writers and readers that blurs the boundaries of their roles in the creative process.
In its second year, the project expanded from a one-off experiment into a series of live writing events. Presented by if:book Australia in partnership with local festivals, Memory Makes Us challenged writers in Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to create a new work live before an audience.
During the event, the audience both online and in person was invited to make contributions to the writing in progress.
Our thanks go to all our contributing authors who were brave enough to create something in full view of an audience both face to face and online, their every keystroke visible to the world:
- Marie Munkara
- Levin Diatschenko
- Kamarra Bell-Wykes
- Paddy O’Reilly
- Nicholas J Johnson
- Angela Meyer
- Josephine Moon
- Sean Williams
- Warsan Shire
- Kate Fielding
- Maxine Beneba Clarke
Thanks also go to participating festivals without whom none of this would be possible:
- Melbourne Writers Festival
- Brisbane Writers Festival
- Disrupted Festival of Ideas
Also a huge shout out to the Australia Council for the Arts who has supported if:book’s vision for literature that sometimes looks bookish and sometimes does not.
We are currently working to upload the typwritten memories from each event to complete the text for Memory Makes Us. Not long after that, though, everything will begin to fade away. Memory Makes Us was always intended as an ephemeral project and eventually, like all memories nothing will remain.