Floral Utopias and Otherworlds

DEPT/SUBJECT AREA - Creative Writing

SUPERVISOR(S) - Dr Alan Bilton

RESEARCH DEGREE (PhD)

THESIS TITLE - Borders: Exploring the Impact of the US/Mexico Border on Local Communities


SYNOPSIS

The dissertation novel I’m writing is set on the southern border of California. The novel explores a fractured family’s relationship as an estranged father, David Bray, attempts to reconcile with his three children, two of whom live in Tijuana, Mexico. The year is 2040 and memories have been commodified and are being bought and sold by a company the protagonist, Sol, works for. His main client is Mr Bray, who pressures him into being his emissary to purchase memories from his three children—their childhood memories that he missed out on. As Sol gets deeper into this family’s dynamic, he realises the degree of difficulty of this reconciliation is beyond his capability.


CONFERENCE PAPERS

Separate Spheres & Closed Doors: Recasting Gender and Space. ‘The Fence Became a Wall: Militarisation of the US-Mexico Border and its Effect on Vulnerable Populations.’ Swansea, UK. April 19-20, 2018.

Diverse History Conference at the University of South Wales. ‘The Fence Became a Wall: Militarisation of the US-Mexico Border and its Effect on Female Populations.’ Cardiff, UK. April 13-14, 2018.

Swansea University Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Conference: Memory and Identity. ‘Myth Making: Representing the Fallibility and Consequence of Memory in Fiction.’ Swansea, UK. Sep. 28, 2018.


Publications

Fiction

‘The Everyman.’ (2018). Cheval 11. Parthian Books.

‘Zapatista.’ (2018). Construction Literary Magazine.

‘At the Door.’ (2019). Tales of Independence and Belonging. Parthian Books. 

Nonfiction

‘Erika L Sanchez and the Poetry of Borders.’ (24 May, 2018). Wales Arts Review.

‘A History of Broken Rhetoric on Immigration.’ (8 August, 2018). Sojourners 

‘South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission 20 Years Later.’ (12 October, 2018). Sojourners.

‘Book Review: The Line Becomes a River.’ (TBC). Journal of Borderlands Studies


FUNDING

Self