Southerly 76.2

Writing Disability



This intriguing issue presents essays, memoir and creative work by disabled and non-disabled writers on the subjects of disability and of the interrelation of writing and disability. Blind writer and critic Amanda Tink discusses the impact of Henry Lawson’s deafness on his style and created world. Ben Stubbs walks the streets of Adelaide blindfolded to learn more of the sightless city. Deaf author Jessica White discusses the deafness of Maud Praed. Josephine Taylor writes an incisive essay on Vulvodynia. There are discussions of visible and invisible disabilities, of the poetics of disability, of disability and silence, of little known or largely unrecognised disabilities, and of the difficulties confronting discussion of disability in the first place. There is also Southerly’s usual feast of reviews and recent Australian and New Zealand writing, including striking new works by Anthony Mannix, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Peter Boyle, Koraly Dimitriadis and many others.





Bruce Pascoe, of Gillian Mears



Andy Jackson & David Brooks: “Ramps and the Stair”
Elisabeth Holdsworth: “The interpretation of Dreams,
the friends of our youth and 83 seconds”
Ben Stubbs: “A Different View”
Amanda Tink: “Deafness: a Key to Lawson’s Writing”
Jessica White: “‘A Great Many Capital Foreign Things.’ An Extract
from Hearing Maud: a Journey for a Voice
Josephine Taylor: “Mark My Words”


Kit Kavanagh-Ryan: “Permanent Problems”
Liana Joy Christensen: “Before They fall”
Rebecca Sullivan & Maximus Lewis:
“in collaboration with Max”
Darcy Hill: “Disjointed Words”


Peter Boyle: “On Falls: by way of a preface”,
“On the eternal nature of fresh beginnings”
Anne Elvey: “Putting on Your Boots”
Quinn Eades: “Reverberation”
Heather Taylor Johnson: “Trying to Talk about Ménières Disease”
Kit Kavanagh-Ryan: “life prep”
David Stavanger: “Mental Health Week”
Philip Hammial: “Asylum Tales”
Sharon Kernot: “The Guilty”
Kristian Patruno: “Rheumatic Pain Stiffens the Spine”
Phillip Hall: “Fizzer”
Allis Hamilton: “Poetry”, “Proprioception”
Anthony Mannix: “The moth between her legs”
B.R. Dionysius: “On Not Having Encountered Snow, Aged 46”
India Breen: “Giving Up Ground”
Shari Kocher: “The Girl in the Mirror”
Emily Riches: “Music for Trichotillomaniacs”
Rachael Mead: “The Architecture of Endurance”


Michèle Saint-Yves: “The Inner Shepherd”
Koraly Dimitriadis: “The Recipe”
Michael Crane: “Aeroplane Girl”
Jessica Clements: “Theories of LIght”


Michael Sharkey of David Musgrave, Anatomy of Voice
Heather Taylor-Johnson of Quinn Eades, all the beginnings
Anupama Pilbrow of Rachael Briggs, Common
Sexual Fantasies, Ruined
Dave Drayton of Catherine Vidler, Chaingrass


COVER: Fulli Andrinopoulos: Not titled 2013, ink on paper, 14x20 cm
Copyright © The artist represented by Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

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