David Carlin is a Melbourne-based writer, creative artist, teacher and researcher. His widely acclaimed memoir 'Our father who wasn’t there' (Scribe) was published in 2010; his new memoir/biography 'The Abyssinian Contortionist' will be published in 2015. His creative nonfiction, essays and articles have appeared in Griffith Review, Overland, Text, Newswrite, Victorian Writer, Continuum and other journals. He has previously written and directed for theatre, film and circus. David teaches creative writing in RMIT’s School of Media and Communication where he co-chairs the international NonfictioNow Conference, and is co-director of the nonfictionLab. David has a background in theatre and film; in 1997 he directed the Circus Oz show in Australia and New York City, and since 2008 has led the Circus Oz Living Archive project. His exhibition with Paper Giant, 'Vault: the non-stop performing history of Circus Oz', premiered at the Melbourne Festival in 2014.