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'This paper will focus on the (dis)embodied experiences of three rape and incest survivors who were part of the creative arts and sports intervention program, Left / Write // Hook. It suggests their understanding of self is a lived and (dis)embodied space in which they can creatively and reflexively re-tell, re-claim, and re-story their experiences of disconnection and shame associated with their trauma. Left / Write // Hook combines two acts; writing to a prompt, followed by non-contact boxing. The program ran in 2020 as part of a University of Melbourne creativity and wellbeing research initiative, targeting female survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. About the program, founder Donna Lyon says: “The attempt to give expression to hidden and silenced thoughts and memories came through the act of writing, then boxing, to embody and release the emotion”. This paper observes the way that the process of writing informs trauma, trauma informs writing, and the embodied act of boxing informs the movement of stored trauma in the body. This article incorporates personal writing which recounts the experiences of these participants.' 

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    y separately published work icon TEXT Special Issue Creative Writing and Sport no. 67 2022 25080900 2022 periodical issue 'Until the mid to late 1960s in Australia, the very act of writing about sport – traditionally and essentially a working-class pursuit – would see the words immediately discounted from literary consideration. We now know sport of all kinds to be strong social, historical, increasingly political, and cultural touchstones for many communities here and elsewhere. Through its exploration of the relationships between creative writing and sport, this special issue comfortably eschews the lazy, though sturdy, conventions often ascribed to sports writing – the back page box scores, hagiographic biographies, and relentless match reportage – in favour of examinations of the intersectional, illuminations of the liminal, and foregrounding of the interdisciplinary and eclectic experiences the writing of sport can offer. As a collection, the articles in this issue illustrate the vast array of theoretical approaches brought to sports writing; they survey creative non-fiction and journalistic practices and situate poetry and short and long- form prose related to a diverse range of sporting activities alongside investigations of representation, interrogations of histories, and the combination of creative writing and sports practices as an approach to address trauma.' (Kasey Symons, Lee McGowan and Ali Hickling, Editorial introduction) 2022
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