As the owl discreet

McKenzie, V. (2008). As the owl discreet: Essay towards a conversation and Carly’s Dance a novel [unpublished PhD thesis].

This thesis comprises a novel entitled Carly’s Dance and an essay entitled As the Owl Discreet. Although separate works, a line runs through them that might be described as an urge to connect; each work, although self-contained, is concerned with the co-existence of opposites, or more precisely, apparent opposites. The essay’s title is ironic, borrowed from Hillaire Belloc’s perverse verses collected as Cautionary Tales. Discretion is exactly what the thesis tests the bounds of, as do the characters in my novel. And so do I, in using family history to motivate my research.