How far from here is home : space and silence in creative practice

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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- “Captain Starlight’s Apprentice” is a novel about home, displacement and longing. Beginning as a novel about a woman bushranger, Jessie Hickman, the novel is historical in setting without being categorisable as an historical novel. At the centre of the novel is a connection between two characters across time. Part Two of this thesis, “How Far From Here is Home”, is a series of journalistic pieces using a mix of memoir, op-ed and reportage, which as a whole form a study of the processes of writing fiction. In particular, these essays consider the necessity for silence and solitude in the making of an emotionally authentic creative work. As the title suggests, “How Far From Here is Home”, is concerned with the importance of home, and displacement, in literature, and in particular in “Captain Starlight’s Apprentice”.
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