Back in 2017, I held my first symposium. Now, in 2020, the result is finally here! Writing the Australian beach: local site, global idea was published by Palgrave Macmillan this month.
In many ways, this book is the final culmination of the research I conducted during my PhD study, published in 2013. Opening this collection up beyond just my own research, though, has been really rewarding. I have enjoyed working with my co-editor, Donna Lee Brien, and all the contributors to put together something that is an interesting snapshot of some of the beach moments in Australian writing.
Although not completely comprehensive, and certainly lacking some key voices, I feel this book has gone some way to updating the research about beach culture and representation in our country. It covers screenwriting, travel writing, memoirs, food writing, beach soccer, horror films, Instagram, coastal Gothic stories, iconic beach figures, ocean baths, beach walking, and the sculpture festival Sculpture by the Sea.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, we chose to feature Bondi Beach on the cover. It’s always been a beach that has fascinated me – incredibly urbanised, iconic, and the home of reality show Bondi Rescue (something I’ve written about here). However it is not, in my opinion, one of Australia’s best swimming beaches!
Thanks to our editors at Palgrave for working with us to get this published. The book is available now as an eBook or hardcover at Palgrave Macmillan. You are also able to buy individual chapters. If you are having trouble accessing it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!