Simon Clews

Director, Melbourne Engagement Lab

Melbourne CSHE

Simon Clews oversees the Melbourne Engagement Lab program delivering professional development training in engagement to both graduate researchers and University staff. He was the inaugural Director of the forerunner to the Engagement Lab, the Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers, and has been Director of the Engagement Lab for nearly fifteen years now. Prior to that he ran the Melbourne Writers’ Festival for fourteen years, as well as a slew of other literary events, including Writers at Como, Writers at the Convent, Stories Alive and Crime & Justice. Before becoming involved in writing and publishing, his background and original training was in theatre, dance and performance and he was one of the official British representatives of acclaimed Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski.