Stories of Water – Panel

History, creativity and memory

Proudly presented by Flows & Catchments Creative Arts Research Group, Deakin University
Flows & Catchments works towards the well-being of culturally isolated communities through innovative, creative arts engagements that immerse themselves in the distinctive water- and land-scapes of the South Western Victoria region. This panel will explore how flows of place—of real or imaginary waters—create innovative and inspiring flows of creative well-being across art-forms.

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Free event
Lecture Hall, Port Fairy   1.45-2.45pm Sunday 7 September


Chair: Patrick West
Patrick West lectures in professional and creative writing at Deakin University and is author of the short story collection, The World Swimmers (2011). The Australian’s reviewer wrote that The World Swimmers contains “incredible insight into the human condition throughout.” Patrick convenes the Flows & Catchments Creative Arts Research Group at Deakin University.

Karen Le Rossignol
Karen Le Rossignol is a senior lecturer teaching creative nonfiction and freelancing skills for creative writers and other artists in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne. She has also run her own writing/editing company over 15 years, with extensive experience in developing communications texts and virtual world scenarios for storytelling development. She is currently researching the concept of transferring the story-telling of creative nonfiction to global rural and regional communities on sea coasts, using digital narrative techniques (see virtual villages project – ).

Lienors Torre
Lienors Torre lectures in animation at Deakin University. Her education and art practice have spanned the material disciplines of animation and glass art over the last 20 years. Telling stories through stationary material objects and traditional time-based arts such as animation gives the artist the option to work with time and narrative at varying rates and with different conventions.

Simon Wilmot
Simon is currently interested in making films about processes of memory and imagination in the construction of identity and a sense of belonging. 
From 2003 to 2005 he produced, filmed and edited a documentary feature, Kotla Walks, performing locality. In 2012 he completed Sisters of the Sun, a film about the flows of time, language and culture on the volcanic plains of South Western Victoria. The film captured moments of people doing things in that landscape around environmental flows of all sorts, recapturing the topography of the landscape, which the film re-narrated not in terms of the colonial grid but in terms of complex water flows.