Traveller's Tales: the stories migrants carry with them and their impact on a writer's life

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Manisha Amin


This paper represents one of a series that make up my non-traditional doctorate thesis. Like the others, it is a quest, through text, (both theoretical and fictional) as I write a novel and interrogate my role as a writer and a transnational of Indian descent. As such the paper takes on an autobiographical approach. It aims to explore notions of the story in migration, by overlaying direct travel routes with the stories that came on the plane and those that were left behind. As the child of migrants and as a fledgling novelist my own creative work has become the case study for my journey as I travel between longing and belonging, border lands, and the landscapes we live in externally and within the confines of our
minds. My research, and my writing, was a search for a connection. An
exploration into the transformation of personal and shared memory to written story and the impact of self and community in the process of creating a unique voice.

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