Ending Writing, at the Beginning

  • Elizabeth Mackinlay


All writing begins “somewhere” and in Chap.  2, I play around with the histories of “there and then” with the memory of “here and now” to provide an understanding of how this book came to be written. Central to this meaning-making is conversation with my personal-political-pedagogical-professional past and present as a white-settler-colonial-woman working with and in relation to Indigenous Australian peoples and families, as well as engagement with the words and works of Helene Cixous and Virginia Woolf. This process of “unforgetting” brings us close, so close, to the what, where, when, how and why this book came to be as a critical autoethnographic, feminist and decolonial writing project.


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  • Elizabeth Mackinlay
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  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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