Arts journalism and exiled writers: a case study of fugal, reflexive practice

  • Ruth Skilbeck
Keywords: arts-based research, arts journalism, creative writing, exiled writers, fugue, multimodality, trauma


Arts journalism and reflective practice intersect in a new field of ‘journalism as research’ (Bacon 2006). This article takes an innovative approach informed by the multimodal, musical and psychogenic fugue to discuss a case study of arts journalism reflexive practice. The journalistic research topic is the impact of the traumatic journey of exiled writers on their creative writing, the empathetic effects of trauma and courage on their advocates and the impacts of researching trauma on the researcher. The journalistic, interview-based articles discussed in the case study are on exiled writers in Australia, Iranian poet-musician Mohsen Soltany Zand and Ivory Coast political journalist Cheikh Kone. In reflecting on processes of writing of the stories, the author begins to outline the foundations of an innovative, critical fugal methodology of reflexive practice for modes and pieces of arts journalism.

Image: Exiled Iranian poet-musician Mohsen Soltany Zand giving a reading at Bar Me, Kings Cross, Sydney, September 2007. Photo: Ruth Skilbeck


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Skilbeck, R. (2009). Arts journalism and exiled writers: a case study of fugal, reflexive practice. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 15(2), 132-151.