A unique collaborative venture by Australian literature specialists in Australia and Britain, Reverse Diaspora is the first historically comprehensive, detailed examination of expatriate Australian writers at work in Britain.
Reverse Diaspora explores the lives and creative work of approximately eighty Australian expatriate writers living and working in Britain since the early nineteenth century. Contesting the notion of Australia as a predominantly 'import' culture, this project shows Australians 'exporting' literary talent and creativity to Britain and further afield.
From one point of view, they represent a 'brain drain'; from another they are exporters of Australian ideas, experience and talent. This study will increase knowledge and understanding of the lives, creative achievements and public impact of Australians abroad. It will enhance Australians' capacity to interpret their national culture in their region and the world.
The changing relations between Australia and Britain are explored through writers of literature and drama. Reverse Diaspora explores the aspirations, problems and achievements of these writers.
Readers can discover information about the lives and literary careers of the writers who are the subject of the research.