My book, Future Girl (in Australia) and The Words in My Hands (in North America), is the art journal of Deaf sixteen-year-old Piper, is a call to arms and a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne. I detailed my experience of Deaf culture and what it feels like to be d/Deaf.
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.
Future Girl (in Australia) and The Words in My Hands (in North America) is the winner of the ALA Schneider Family’s Award, the winner of the Readings Young Adult prize has been selected as Kirkus’ best YA fiction for 2021!
The book will soon be adapted for the screen in partnership with Orange Entertainment Co, and is scooping up awards!
- Winner! American Library Association’s Schneider Family Award for Best Book for Teens 2022
- Winner! Readings Young Adult prize 2021
- Kirkus Best YA fiction of 2021
- Read For Empathy Collection 2022
- The Guardian top 20 books of 2020
- Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book of the year for Older Readers 2021
- Shortlisted Indie Book Awards 2021
- Shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for Older Children 2021
- Shortlisted Aurelis Award 2021
- The Great Books Guide top books 2021
- Yalsa’s Best Fiction For Young Adults nomination 2022
My art exhibition, Love, Lies and Indoctrination, is available online here. 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.
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