Discovering Identity Through the Poetics of Ancestral Place – online storytelling as documentary verse novel with poetry film
I have been researching my family history (and finding and visiting ancestral places) for more than twenty-five years. . Tree is a journey into self-identity (as an online geopoetic and mythopoetic ‘verse novel’ with poetry films), and includes archive material, live footage for poetry films and onsite documentary prose and poetic response, as a form of haibun. It originated as a creative means to understanding where I ‘come from’; in order to develop a sense of self and belonging, absent since childhood. The ‘novel’ follows a trail through linked, land-based occupations and different historic periods; where the (still being uncovered) narrative has been shaped through four main regions in three countries. The 'novel' will unfold gradually in non-consecutive episodes.
see blog for premiere details of 'Paper River' the first excerpt of Tree, at The Scottish Centre for Geopoetics conference June, 2019.