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Oysters, dynamite and murder: Using historical fiction to tell the little-known narratives of environmental history in Australia

Title of Project

Oysters, dynamite and murder: Using historical fiction to tell the little-known narratives of environmental history in Australia

Name of Advisor/s

Ariella Van Luyn, Ian McLeod

College

College of Arts, Society & Education

Summary of Project

This practice-led research project  would consist of a historical novel based on the history of shellfish in Australia, and an exegesis reflecting on the ways historical fiction can be a means to engage readers in little-known environmental history. Shellfish reefs have long played a significant role in Australia’s environmental history. The stories of those involved in the oyster and shellfish industry are rich, and include life narratives of people like William Saville-Kent, whose sister was imprisoned for murdering their young brother. Yet, these narratives are little known. This project seeks to investigate the ways storytelling can raise awareness about environmental change in Australia through imagination and engagement with historical sources.

Key Words

creative writing, history fiction, practice-led research, shellfish history