About the Artist
Jasmine Donahaye has been a commissioning editor for Parthian, and a Project Editor on the Library of Wales series. She has also worked in different capacities as an independent writer, researcher and editor. She is a former editor of Planet magazine and since 2010 has worked part-time as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Swansea University, where she is also a member of the Centre for Research in the English Literature and Language of Wales.
Her books include two poetry collections – Misappropriations (2006), which was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh first collection prize, and Self-Portrait as Ruth (2009; republished in a new edition in 2014), which was long listed for Wales Book of the Year, and a cultural study Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine (2012).
Two works of non-fiction will be published in 2015: a commissioned biography of the author Lily Tobias (Honno Press), and a memoir, Losing Israel (Seren).
‘Slaughter’ is an experimental open-ended writing project centred on a slaughterhouse and its environment. The project will involve an extended period of observation and intensive writing over the course of four seasons. Drawing on a multifaceted portrayal and narrative of slaughter, it will develop the network of social, agricultural-industrial, and wild processes and practices of which slaughter is a part. The project will also endeavour to confront the deep taboos that slaughter represents, and in the process challenge social and psychological boundaries.
The project will look at ideas and representations of slaughter, and explore others’ responses to it. Jasmine will investigate the techniques and challenges of writing about practices that most people are reluctant to see or consider, and to confront the conundrum of writing about what is appalling in engaging ways – the dilemma of making something palatable out of horror.
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