'The Sunlit Zone, the major project of my PhD thesis, is a verse novel about trauma and transformation. The work is concerned with the ways in which transformation might occur at the site of "the wound" and with how the journey of protagonist, North, shifts from a state of trauma into the sunlit zone that the novel's title suggests.
'This novel looks specifically at thresholds between loss, memory, hybridity and mourning. North's twin sister, Finn, is a hybrid creature who inclines always towards the sea. The Sunlit Zone is particularly concerned with loss on both a micro level (via the childhood trauma that tracks North into adulthood) and a macro level (via the impact of new technology on the 21st century).
'Set in Melbourne in 2040, the narrative moves between past and present in order to memorialise trauma and, in doing so, locate its redemption.'
a shallow but complex layer of ocean in which vegetation
flourishes most prolifically, and which the deep sea
diver must keep in her sights
if she is to return to it