I have two further books forthcoming with Routledge, one entitled Environmental Humanities and The Uncanny: Ecoculture, Literature and Religion, the other Psychoanalytic Ecology: The Talking Cure for Environmental Illness and Health.
Over the past three years I have been writing and publishing environmental fiction,such as The Dragon and St George: A Fairy Tale Novella (Pegasus, 2018), Tales of Two Dragons andBlack Swan Saga (both Austin Macauley, 2018) and The Oxbridge Book of Dragons(Olympia Press, forthcoming 2019). I have other books of fiction and non-fiction in the pipeline. I am Honorary Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University.
Val Plumwood defines a shadow place as ‘all those places that produce or are affected by the commodities you consume, places consumers don't know about, don't want to know about, and in a commodity regime don't ever need to know about or take responsibility for’ (Plumwood, 2008: 8). What she seems to have mainly in mind are sweatshops in various Asian countries where our clothing and sneakers are produced. Industrial shadow places can also be found much closer to home in the wastelands of commodity production, such as Fisherman’s Bend, and of export and import, such as North Wharf, both in Melbourne. Underneath the shadow place of North Wharf that consumers don't know about, don't want to know about and don’t want responsibility for is another place, Batman’s Swamp, an overshadowed place that was there at contact between colonising settlers and Aboriginal owners that has since been lost. It is also a place most citizen consumers don't know about, don't want to know about and, in an ongoing colonial regime, don't ever need to know about or take responsibility for. This, and other of Melbourne’s lost wetlands, such as Fishermans Bend are ghost swamps. These and other cities built on or besides former wetlands (as I discuss in Cities and Wetlands (Bloomsbury, 2016)) are cities of ghost swamps.