My new book, Future Girl, is out now! Future Girl is the art journal of Deaf sixteen-year-old Piper, a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne. Order your signed copy now.

I have written a music course for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, which teaches how to create music that is specifically adapted to an individual’s hearing loss. Deaf and HoH can learn to create their own songs in GarageBand.

I’m teaching a free online course in Auslan – Australian Sign Language. Learn basic signs in bite-sized lessons of around ten signs each.

My art journal is my best friend, my life coach and a visual extravaganza. I’ve developed a method of lazy journaling that still results in a stunning book. Learn online here.

I am the author of The Grimstones – an award winning junior fiction book series featuring my family of handmade gothic puppets.

I’ve written many articles about living a sustainable life, living creatively, and more. You’ll find them all via my guide to my blog.

I paint quirky, sweet characters who’ll touch you and inspire you. I like to represent those of us who are different, to remind us that inclusion is for everyone. My work is available online in my shop.

What's New

My art exhibition, Love, Lies and Indoctrination, opens at Lismore Regional Gallery on Friday 29 October at 5.30pm. The exhibition is at 11 Rural St Lismore and runs until Sunday 21 November.

The opening event is free but due to Covid restrictions, please book here.

The exhibition will also be available online here. (It will go live on 29 October.)

The exhibition is an exploration of the strange customs of our society and the challenge of belonging, when we can’t or won’t follow those customs, perhaps due to feminist ideals, chronic illness, disability, queer identity, or just disagreeing with them. It’s easy for us to assume that many social conventions are just the natural way of things, and yet when you look closely, many are quite bizarre. Are they healthy for us? Should we find another way to live? These are the questions I hope to provoke and explore through the unique lens of being Deaf, queer, chronically ill and needing to use a wheelchair.

Check out my new music course for Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

Image: A painting of a girl with long red dreadlocks and sparkly green eyes. She has a black cross over her left ear, and red lips. She wears a red T-shirt with a black stencil of a face on it. She is holding a guitar. To her right is large text: ‘GarageBand Songwriting for Deaf and HOH, http://www.asphyxia.com.au ‘ In the background is a blue textured wall with grungy black dots, piano keys and music notes.

My new book, Future Girl, published by Allen & Unwin, is out now!

Images 1. A book cover titled Future Girl by Asphyxia. It shows a girl with long, black, wavy hair. She wears a gray sleeveless top and holds a magenta pencil and paint brush in her fist, with a light blue paint dripping from the brush. She has large black cross over her right ear. Her eyes are green and her lips red. The background is of green, brown and teal textured paint, with drawings of buildings in black. On the top left is a review by Amie Kaufman, a New York Times bestselling author, which says, ‘Brilliantly imaginative, totally immersive…’ 2. The image also shows the back of the book with fantastic reviews from famous authors, with a blurb about Future Girl. There is a small spray-painted stencil image of a girl riding her bike and some hand drawn plant doodles in black. The background shows partial stencil sprays in black and teal.

‘A life-changing book for young Deaf and disabled people… of personal growth and pride – demonstrating the importance of the #OwnVoices movement.’


Piper’s mum wants her to be ‘normal’, to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and Melbourne lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get food.

When she meets Marley, a CODA (child of Deaf adult), a door opens into a new world – where Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience is created through growing your own food rather than it being delivered on a truck.

As she dives into learning Auslan, sign language that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive, Piper finds herself falling hard for Marley. But Marley, who has grown up in the Deaf community yet is not Deaf, is struggling to find his place in the hearing world. How can they be together?

Future Girl is the art journal of sixteen-year-old Piper, a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne, created by me, Deaf writer, artist and activist.

‘Asphyxia’s work is brilliant: a deep, original insight, and a book that everyone should read.’


Inside the book:

Image: Artwork of two printed book pages with different shades of pastel colours of yellow, olive green, pink, blue & brown. The left page has paintings of blue and pink roses in the corners, and flower doodles done in black pen. In the centre is a rubber stamp in a box that says ‘This book belongs to..’ It has been filled in with handwriting saying ‘Piper McBride. PRIVATE! (Do not read.)’ The right page has pink roses at the top. Text below the roses says, ‘WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE’ and text content from Future Girl book, page 1. It also has a black and white border on the left side of the right page and the background is a collage of pink and brown text paper. There is a hand drawn doodle of a flower in the margin.
Image: A double page spread of the inside of Future Girl. On the left side is an artwork of a girl holding a rabbit. She wears a long sleeved blue dress with a white collar and her long, wavy black hair is blowing in the wind to her left. The background is blue paint with pink roses floating around her. Her eyes are blue, cheeks blushing and her tiny lips are tinted red. The left side page has a painted yellow background with blue and red roses in the margins. A small piece of brown paper collaged over the background to form a heading with the text, ‘TUESDAY 14 JULY’. The page also shows the text content of Future Girl book page 62. There is collaged brown text paper on the side and splashes of green, red and pink paint on the borders.

Image: Artwork of two printed book pages with collaged patterned papers in different shades of blue, green, brown, pink and yellow pastel colours. The left page has a piece of torn brown paper collaged over the background with the text heading, ‘SATURDAY 27 JUNE’. It has red and pink roses on top. There is a sculpture of a frozen Charlotte doll in the bottom left corner and light pink flowers on the middle bottom. It also has the text content of Future Girl book page 32 in the centre. The right page has a border of different kinds of pink and red flowers with a black spraypainted curlicue. It has the text content of Future Girl book page 33 in the centre.

An artwork page from my book, Future Girl. The girl in the image has black, straight hair, red tinted lips and green eyes. She wears a blue skirt and sleeveless red top. The top features a spray-painted stencil-art image of a girl with her black hair in a ponytail. Drawings on her left are of a yellow light bulb, black line drawings of a bicycle, dripping pink and magenta tubes of paint, dollar signs, a train and some upside down text that reads, ‘Welcome to your new implant’. On her right are color palettes of yellow, magenta, pink, black, white and shades of blue. Above this is hand written text that reads, ‘What are you going to DO?’, a spray-painted stencil of a seedling and dollar signs. Behind the girl’s head is circular text which reads, ‘Marley… Wild Food?’ The painting has a grungy watercolour background of pink, green, blue, yellow within a rough, red border

Image: Artwork of a boy with blond, wavy, medium length hair standing on the right side of the page. He is wearing a grayish brown turtle neck sweater and both hands are inside the pockets of his tight black jeans. He wears large black boots. The page is surrounded with black line drawings of bicycles on top of a grungy watercolour background of bluish green, black and yellow. The boy has a speech bubble saying, ‘Your hearing aids are whistling.’ The left page is black text handwritten with a texta saying ‘On the wall, someone written: Imagine: if the GDP was replaced with a contentment index.’ Below that is the text content of Future Girl book page 34.

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18 thoughts on “Home

  1. Fleur Johnson

    I am HOH due to Single Sided Deafness in my 30’s, I have been learning Auslan with my mother, we have done basic and intermediate classes and waiting for our advance class to start again. This book was the only book I read in one day. It was really good!!! Thank you for writting it!!! I also have a vege garden with 6 beds in it 🙂 sadly no room for a pond, thank you for the inspiration. I will keep learning, and try to play my part in breaking down some barriers the Deaf community faces. Fantastic Read!!! Your an amazing person with so much talent in so many areas of life, well done on such a fantastic book! Fleur.


    1. Asphyxia Post author

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Fleur. I am so glad you enjoyed the book and that you are learning Auslan too! And that your mother is as well – how amazing!


  2. Maree O’Malley

    Hi I am a Deaf and a teacher and have read and loved your book Future Girl! Wow! Am recommending for my teen students as they will love it too I am sure. Thank you…


  3. Marnie

    WOW! What a fantastic book. I was pre-reading it for my 11 year old daughter, who loves language and understanding peoples differences. She will love this book and I dare say go onto learn some sign. I will also pass it to my 13 year old son who has discovered a passion for veggie gardening in the last year. This book will give him some good tips and an understanding of the importance of growing your own food.
    I loved this book and its messages/insights about the d/Deaf, food production and standing up for what you believe. There are so many wonderful messages in this book, I will be recommending this book to EVERYONE, tween, teen and adult.


  4. Cheri

    I bought ur new book future girl at my.local book store, stunning book and loved the idea of it. I am half way through it.
    I am sad u did not now about the signed copies as would have loved that.


    1. Asphyxia Post author

      I’m so glad you are enjoying it, Cheri. Others who have said the same as you decided to gift the book they bought for a friend, and buy another copy for themselves from my store so they could have a signed one.


  5. FoodFreeFoodie

    I have just finished reading Future Girl and I absolutely loved it! It was a wonderfully engaging story, and the Deaf characters were so well written! As someone who works with Deaf students (as a signing SLSO) and also has Deaf friends I have tried to explain to so many people how difficult it is to communicate with hearing people who don’t sign, and this book shows it perfectly! I wish everyone involved in the education of Deaf students would read this and make a real effort to learn Auslan!


  6. Paige @ Reading Paiges

    I pre-ordered your book and just recieved it recently!

    I’m Profoundly Deaf since birth and I’ve been wanting more Deaf books (especially by Deaf authors) so i’m so excited to be reading this one ^_^


  7. Brylie

    This book is just so fantastic. The stunning images, thick quality cover and paper made it a truly immersive experience. More than that though, it opened my eyes and educated me on what it is like to be Deaf. I was under the misconception that having hearing aids suddenly enabled people to fully hear and comprehend what is being said. As soon as I read this I shared it with my Year 9 classes and we had some great discussions about their own misconceptions. Thank you for creating such an engaging and thoughtful story (set in Melbourne too!).


  8. Chrissie

    I am an older hearing reader in my late 60’s however I simply loved your book!! I was sharing about it with my Granddaughter & plan to buy her a copy for her birthday. I learnt the Auslan Alphabet when I was about 16 when a Deaf co worker taught me & had never forgotten it. Now I work in the Aged Care sector & last year I had a client who had suffered a stroke which affected her speech. I was to take her shopping. Once we were at a Chemist shop & she told me she wanted oil I was puzzled by this but she actually made the sign for tiny & I knew then she wanted essential oil!! The opportunity came available this year to attend a Auslan class at our local library which I have joined. I don’t think I will ever be as proficient as the interpreters on the TV news reports but I am having fun learning. Thank you for sharing your thoughts to hearing readers with some very simple ideas on respecting & communicating within the Deaf community that help us to be more inclusive. Chrissie



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