Homesickness, Ecoanxiety and Solastalgia in Life Writing

Mia-Francesca Jones

This project explores the relationship between the writer and the environment to reframe the concept of homesickness as an ecological emotion alongside the emotions of solastalgia and ecoanxiety. By analysing literary works of creative nonfiction and autobiographical weather diaries, this project is interested in representations of affect in personal narrative. 

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The writing aims to challenge problematic notions of nature as ‘healing’ and colonial and anthropocentric concepts of ‘home-making’, while considering the role of natural ecologies and meteorological patterns in forming a sense of place identity.

The creative component of this practice-led PhD is a collection of personal essays titled Somehow North about the weather, home and our interconnectedness with the natural world.

Mia-Francesca Jones


Jones, M. 2022. “‘A Story with Many Rooms’: Twine as a Tool to Expand Life Writing Practice about Place and Space.” TEXT 26 (Special 69): 1–17.

McAuslan, M. 2022. Decarbonising the arts. Renew: Technology for a Sustainable Future., (159), 47–50. 

Jones, M. 2021. (Ed. Prendergast, J. Herbert-Goodall, E. Webb, J) The weather up here, The Incompleteness Book 2, Australian Association for Writing Programs. 

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