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Original Creative Work


Sarah Wreford and Adriane Howell


School of Arts, Regional and Professional Studies / ECU South West Research Centre




This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: McKenzie, V. (2014). Against the grain, Gargouille, Spring(1), pp.19-27. Access information on publisher here.


Background: The work appears in the inaugural edition of Gargouille literary journal. It is autofiction that traces a physical and emotional journey. Work in this genre forms a key research interest explored in my PhD project and in short fiction published in 2013 and now in my teaching with new unit CCC3102 Writing the Real. The research challenges genre divisions and prompts the reader to question pleasure and authenticity in narrative voice, addressing the editors’ call for originality and sensuality, and against didacticism. Themes include the natural world and indigenous world views.

Contribution: The work has garnered interest before and after publication. It was Highly Commended in the Down South Writers Short Story Competition 2012 and Highly Commended in the Margaret River Short Story Competition 2013. The work features on FRPS’s Creative Showcase page. An extract was included in a work of visual graphic art exhibited at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries as part of the Artists at the Helm Exhibition (February 2015). A limited edition of prints was produced with 4 sold. The extract was read at the launch of the exhibition; graphic work and extract are reproduced in the exhibition catalogue which has sold widely.

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