Vahri Mckenzie

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These short stories experiment with extra-narrative strategies such as performing character and embodying voice to push prose beyond plot mechanics. Voice is a much used but little understood analytical term in creative writing theory and pedagogy; performative strategies render it more concrete.
Experimental approaches to character and voice pass as contemporary short fiction by matching technique and theme. Beer-n-bubs emerges from funded research project The Other Writing Group that offers a structure for writers to explore embodied strategies normally used by performers to develop character: voice on the page has its origins in an audible and embodied voice.
Competitively selected for independent South Australian press MidnightSun alongside work of leading Australian short fiction writer Susan Midalia; Peer reviewers describe the work’s voice as ‘solid and muscular’ and ‘vivid’, implying authentic character voice; Written in a funded traditional research context, ECU School of Arts and Humanities Small Research Grant; Traditional research presented at 2018 Australasian Association of Writing Programs conference; subsequently published in TEXT; included in a collection shortlisted for Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award (2020).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrush: Stories about love
EditorsSimone Corletto, Amy T. Matthews, Jess M. Miller, Lynette Washington
Place of PublicationSouth Australia
PublisherMidnightSun Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781925227307
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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