Nostalgia – July 2017

The past, memories, histories and objects – readers explored nostalgic attachment and ways of remembering people, places, and relationships. Tracy Crisp spoke about grief and her grandparents, Matcho Intrumz Cassidy performed poetry about love and loss, Bronwyn Lovell took a trip into the eighties, Rachel Spencer questioned her desire to return to Paris, and Melinda Rankin delivered a performance piece about the power of objects, memory and grief, while she spoke, her daughters unravelled a jumper knitted by Melinda’s mother.


Photographs by Alicia Carter and Emma Maguire.





Matcho headshotMatcho Intrumz Cassidy has been writing and performing spoken word for a little over two years. His Poetry is enchanting, dipped in emotion, rhythmical perspectives, surrounding either the topic of love, relationships, loss, hurt or challenging the ideals of society’s superficiality and order.

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Tracy Crisp has recently returned to Adelaide after many years living in Abu Dhabi. Her second novel, Surrogate, will be published by Wakefield Press later this year and is set – among other places – in the old Royal Adelaide Hospital. She is working on her third novel, Blackout, which takes place in the airport on the night the whole state lost its power. She will be staging her second solo show, You Can’t Hide in the Desert at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival. The show is a slightly hit and miss comedy based on the extremely hit and miss advice her mother gave her when she was growing up. Tracy is a funeral celebrant whose work is grounded in her belief that people’s life stories are a rich and powerful gift.  Tracy keeps a blog at:

Bronwyn Lovell is a PhD candidate at Flinders University, where she is writing a feminist science fiction verse novel and researching depictions of women in space narratives. Her poetry has been published in Best Australian Poems, the Australian Poetry JournalAward Winning Australian WritingAntipodesCordite Poetry ReviewAustralian Love PoemsThe Global Poetry Anthology and The Rhysling Anthology. Bronwyn has won the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize and been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Bridport Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize.

Her controversial essay outlining Science Fiction’s Women Problem, published by The Conversation and ABC News Online, gained international attention. You can follow her on Twitter @lovellybronwyn or visit

Melinda Rankin is an artist, writer and arts worker. Her interest lies in working with communities, and in investigating personal themes and their intersection with wider community/global issues. Melinda has written for art journals, exhibition publications and is currently Director of the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.


Rachel Spencer practised law for several years and then entered legal academia.  Rachel is now the Director of Professional Programs in the School of Law at the University of South Australia where her teaching and research interests include legal ethics; law, art and literature; law and popular culture; media representations of lawyers; and access to justice.  Rachel has published widely (articles, book chapters and one book).  She has recently completed a memoir linking periods of grief in mid-life with memories of Paris in the 1980s.  Rachel completed a Masters of Creative Writing in 2011 and is now a PhD candidate in the Department of English, Creative Writing & Australian Studies at Flinders University.  She is currently working on the creative component of her thesis which is a “true crime” story about an attempted murder case in 1981.