Claire Nemorin is a content associate in the travel industry and a creative writing degree dropout. Her interests include Black African and diasporic histories and cultures, and how borders cause violence. She has published under a pseudonym and is slowly accepting that despite her fears, she has to pitch again to be potentially published.
Claire will be working on a book about:
The novel will trace the mental disintegration and attempted reintegration of Antonia, a 50-year old Black African migrant from London living in western Sydney, who is slowly losing touch with her present reality and self. She "regresses" into the 17-year old radical, working-class, active feminist, bookshop worker and heterosexual version of herself, as opposed to the middle-class, politics-avoidant high school teacher with her own LGBTQ family. This loss-of-current self occurs in the face of unsupportive family members with their own problems, her sister, Kinaya, who has arrived from America to make amends after a 32-year old betrayal, and poor professional support and treatment from psychologists and psychiatrists who don't know enough about her condition. My objectives are to explore betrayal within families, how at least part of our identities are bound with other people's, and how mental illness causes lost time.