Life writing when the world is burning: The year in Australia

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It is no surprise that in Australia this year a great deal of life writing has continued
to emerge in conjunction with pressing social and political issues. The ongoing
national crises of refugee and asylum seeker policy, gendered abuse, and racial discrimination continue to surface in both political and literary arenas, while unprecedented bushfires have decimated the country, bringing climate change back onto the public agenda with new fury. The right of individuals to live with dignity, in
safety, and free from fear—and the ongoing challenges to these rights suffered in
public and domestic domains—is a connecting thread across the year’s life writing
and a theme the genre is uniquely equipped to amplify
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalBiography - An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Creative writing
  • life writing
  • Australia


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