Lennox, Rowena

Lennox, Rowena

Writer
Casual tutor in creative writing

University of Technology Sydney

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Research interests / activities:

My second book Dingo Bold is forthcoming with Sydney University Press in 2021. It’s based on my doctoral research into emotional relationships between people and dingoes on K’gari (Fraser Island). It focuses on a dingo I met on the beach and nicknamed Bold, and his family, the Eurong pack. My first book is a biography of an East Timorese church leader, Fighting Spirit of East Timor: the life of Martinho da Costa Lopes (Pluto/Zed, 2000, winner of NSW Premier’s 2001 General History Award).

In 2019-20 Fiona Probyn-Rapsey and I have been researching a conservation project in which two dingoes were implanted with delayed-release poison capsules before they were put on a Great Barrier Reef island to eradicate goats. In one article we analyse the media management, public reaction, political fall out and animal ethics implications of the Pelorus Island goat eradication project. In another we contextualise the scheme within the cultural–political history of carceral colonialism in Australia and the cultural production of ‘pests’, and show how it relates to ideas about the special role that islands play in conservation. We also piece together the story of what happened to the goats and dingoes involved. 

Outputs:

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

‘Names for dingoes’ in Rick de Vos (ed.) Decolonising Animals, Sydney University Press, forthcoming 2021

‘An ethical island: colonial tourism, carceral logic, and the goats and dingoes of Pelorus’, coauthored with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, Borderlands journal, ‘Intersections of Earth, Country and Power: Ecology, Indigeneity, and Justice’, forthcoming 2021

‘The Pelorus Experiment: when killing goes feral’, with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, forthcoming

‘Narrative sovereignty, emotions and interspecies relationships’, cinder (creative interventions and new directions in expressive research) journal, no. 2, Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2019

‘Incessant: dingoes and waves of contact on K’gari’ in Gillian Dooley and Danielle Clode, eds, The First Wave: exploring early coastal contact history in Australia, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2019

‘Coolooloi’, Authorised Theft: writing, scholarship, collaboration, refereed proceedings of the 21st conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2016, Canberra. Available at: http://www.aawp.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Lennox_AAWP_2016_Coolooloi.pdf

Selected essays and fiction

‘The Space between Us’, The Big Issue, no. 570, 7–20 September 2018, p. 19

‘The Hairlessness of Youth’, Little Fictions – Year of the Dog, performed Knox Street Bar, Chippendale, 20 February 2018. Available on 2RPH/Little Fictions podcast, episode 37, https://www.2rph.org.au/listen/audio-archive/little-fictions

‘Proprioception’, Southerly – the long apprenticeship, vol. 77, no. 2, 2017, pp. 58–66

‘Killing Bold: managing the dingoes of Fraser Island’, Griffith Review – perils of populism, no. 57, 2017, pp 255–70

‘Songs of Experience and Innocence’, Kill Your Darlings, no. 24, 2016, pp. 46–55

‘After the War’, Southerly – War and Peace, vol. 75, no. 3, 2015, pp 242–4

‘Timor Dreaming’, Southerly – Australian dreams, vol. 74, no. 2, 2014, pp. 14–22

‘Apex Predators’, Meanjin, vol. 73, no. 3, 2014, pp 6–9

‘Head of a Dog’, Southerly – the naked writer, vol. 73, no. 3, 2013, pp 212–26

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