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My new book, Future Girl, will be released in October 2020. 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. Pre-order your signed copy which will be shipped in September 2020.
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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.
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I’m teaching a free online course in Auslan – Australian Sign Language. Learn basic signs in bite-sized lessons of around ten signs each.
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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.
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I am the author of The Grimstones – an award winning junior fiction book series featuring my family of handmade gothic puppets.

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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.

What's New

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.

I’ve just finished my book, Future Girl, which will be published by Allen & Unwin in October 2020.

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

CARLY FINDLAY, OAM

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.’

JACKIE FRENCH, AM

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: 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.
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.

Pre-order your signed copy which will be shipped in September 2020.

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