Crochet and Cancer, Craftivism and Climate Change
Crochet and climate change? What do you get by putting the very small and personal beside the very large and global? My research is an exploration of how some aspects of my personal strategy for coping with, learning about and talking about my own cancer diagnosis might be transferable to some aspects of climate change communication.
I have been teaching in the School of Communication and Creative Industries – as a sessional tutor and lecturer - for over ten years. I have a background in journalism, fiction writing and climate change activism. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer, from which I am now in remission. At the end of my year of treatment, I began to formulate a research project that would bring the different threads of my life together.
I am President of Bathurst Community Climate Action Network and the River Yarners, a craftivist group currently defending the Macquarie River from a proposal to use river water in a gold mine.