Alice O'Malley-Woods

Alice O'Malley-Woods

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20152016

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My research is practice-based, working towards the development of a poetic memoir. This writing is a crip ecofeminist reflection on trauma and bereavement, addressing my own experiences of disability and gender-based violence, and finding parallels and affinities with the violence, trauma, and disablement that characterises ecocide, anthropocentrism, and the ideologies of climate catastrophe. As part of my commitment to crip / neuroqueer writing, I am exploring the political and intellectual significance of hybrid forms of writing, particularly those that can be defined as both critical and creative. This interest is equally informed by ecofeminist understandings of the human/nature binary, and how these categories might intersect with other binarisms both within and outside of the academy.

Among other methods, my writing is developed through a journey from Brighton back to my childhood home in south Devon. As well as an interest in the non-human as plant and animal, my work investigates the inhuman in notions of hauntedness, spectrality, and the supernatural. These are explored through the lens of a nueroqueer worldview, and negotiated alongside understandings of eco-trauma as an experience of the uncanny.

As an additional ongoing creative project, I am currently developing a collection of poetry using the major arcana of the tarot as vehicles through which to understand narratives of the self in relation to landscape. This project is undertaken as part of a writer's residency at Treadwell's Books, and is funded through my Techne scholarship. 

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