La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton: Saturday 17 July, 2pm
Monica Raszewski’s The Archaeology of a Dream City explores the importance of remembering our histories and uncovering what has been lost. It’s a story of the need to create and a story of love that can only be lived when the past has been excavated. Jane E. Brown’s evocative photographs accompany the prose and will be screened at the launch.
This is Monica’s first novel. An early draft was shortlisted for the 2016 Deborah Cass Prize.
Marion May Campbell, fiction writer and poet writes, “beguiling and compelling, The Archaeology of a Dream City is all the more moving for the subtlety and tact of its beautifully decanted writing, rare qualities that are sure, in turn, to haunt its readers.”
Monica Raszewski writes fiction and plays and is currently employed as a librarian at the University of Melbourne. She’s had short stories published in the literary journals Overland, Meanjin and Southerly and has had several stage plays performed in Melbourne and Sydney. Monica’s radio plays, Forest and Ghost Words, were produced by the ABC and broadcast nationally. Much of her writing explores the experience of migration, the nature of memory and intimacy, and the process of translation between cultures and generations as well as languages.
Monica received a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship to write her most recent play, There are Trees that are Dancers, inspired by the art and personal papers of the Melbourne modernist painter Sybil Craig (1901 -1989). She received a R.E. Ross Trust Playwrights’ Development Award for this work and it was produced at The Courthouse (La Mama) in Melbourne.
There is no charge for this event, but bookings are essential: https://lamama.com.au/whats-on/playreadings-book-launches/book-launch-the-archaeology-of-a-dream-city/