Jessica Yu | Claire Walsh | Sam Riviere
Rhubaba presents an ongoing polyvocal project centering around the work of Melbourne-based writer Jessica Yu. Initiated in 2016 in association with Hospitalfield and the Royal Over-Seas League, the project will bring together the voices of Jessica, editor Claire Walsh and poet Sam Riviere, amongst others.
Jessica is interested in reconstituting memory and place through her writing, specifically addressing ‘home’ as an indefinite, extensible sensation. In other strands of her writing, ‘love’ is interrogated, stretched and practiced as a creative and productive force. Incorporating diasporic identity and postcolonial concerns, she explores how these notions are distorted over geographical distance and periods of time. These ideas will form a framework to inform and reflect a long-distance working practice between Jessica Yu and her collaborators.
During the Edinburgh Art Festival, You hardboiled I softboiled will consist of an in-gallery press, and a purpose built street-front display case. Making public the process of writing, editing and publishing, both elements will highlight the ongoing conversations and negotiations between writers and editors, and expose how these voices may intertwine, contradict or support one another.
Jessica Zhan Mei Yu is a writer and a Creative Writing PhD student at the University of Melbourne. She was selected as one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s 30 under 30 in 2015. Her work has been published in The Best Australian Poems, Overland, Cordite, The Lifted Brow, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Saturday Paper and more. She is currently working on her PhD thesis as well as her first novel. She has spoken and performed at Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Digital Writers Festival and on ABC Radio and Triple R. She has received a Glenfern Fellowship and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship. She was awarded Best Fiction at the Express Media Awards in 2014, received second prize in the John Marsden Prize for Young Writers 2011 and was the Victorian recipient of the Taronga Poetry Prize in 2008.
Jessica Yu has been selected as a ROSL Visual Arts Scholar by Rhubaba. The Royal Over-Seas League and Hospitalfield partner each year to select new commissioning organisations, supporting them to research and select commonwealth artists to undertake a month long residency at Hospitalfield. Jessica took part in the 2016 Autumn Residency at Hospitalfield and will be returning to Scotland in August 2017.