Who am I?
I’m Raelee Lancaster, a poet, researcher, producer based in Brisbane. I’m a part-time information management student and aspiring Arts and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) professional.
My creative work has appeared in Rabbit, Westerly: Flux, Voiceworks, The Tundish Review, and on this blog. I have performed my poetry on stages in Brisbane and in Newcastle, where I was born and raised on Awabakal land. I grew up primarily with the cultural traditions of my brothers’ mob, though I have ties to the Wiradjuri nation through my paternal side. I’m still exploring my Aboriginal heritage and lineage.
What am I doing now?
I wear many hats. I’m a writer with a keen interest in poetry and microlit. I work as a research/project assistant with Walanga Muru, Macquarie University’s Office of Indigenous Strategy, on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary education projects. I have a degree in ancient history and I’m a part-time student in the areas of heritage and information management.
With such a variety of interests, I have created this platform in order to share my activity, interests and achievements. For more on what I’m doing now, check out my Now page here.
When did these interests develop?
As a person with a stutter, writing has always been a way for me to communicate my thoughts, ideas and dreams fluently. As I grew older, I realised I could turn my writing into a career and, in 2017, I began pursuing a career in writing and the Arts more seriously.
As for my studies and interests in GLAM, these began when I studied a Bachelor of Ancient History at Macquarie University in 2013-2016 and I realised how silenced, or less visible, Aboriginal voices were in the areas of history and heritage. I went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Management at the University of Queensland in 2017 and transferred to a Masters of Information Mangement at Curtin University in 2018.
Why do I do what I do?
My approach to my creative and professional work stems from wanting to bring Aboriginal experiences and knowledges to the forefront of Australian society. As an Aboriginal woman, I want to offer my own experiences and opinions but, more importantly, I want to share my place of privilege with other Aboriginal people who want or need to share their own stories.
Where can you find me?
You can always find me on Twitter. If you would like to get in contact with me in a professional capacity, or if you just want to say hello, use the contact page on this website to send me an email. Keep an eye out for me at poetry and writers’ events and festivals in Brisbane, Newcastle, and more!