“Deaf people feel and see sound: the entire body becomes a receptor,” writes Fiona Murphy in The Shape of Sound. She kept her deafness secret for twenty-fi ve years. Blending memoir with observations about the healthcare industry, this beautifully crafted and powerfully written debut draws readers into a new sensory world, examining the stigma associated with disability while challenging assumptions about what it means to be deaf, and what it takes to truly communicate.
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Fiona Murphy is a Deaf poet and essayist. Her work has been published in publications including Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Griffith Review and The Big Issue and in 2019 she was awarded the Overland Fair Australia Essay Prize. Her memoir The Shape of Sound is her first book.
Jane Howard is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and deputy editor of arts and culture at The Conversation. Her writing has appeared in publications including Meanjin, Crikey, the ABC, and Kill Your Darlings, and she has worked for The Guardian across Australia and in Asia.