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Poet and essayist Fiona Murphy kept her deafness secret for over twenty-five years for fear of jeopardising her career. In her acclaimed memoir, The Shape of Sound, Fiona Murphy reveals her observations of the ways in which politics, economics and societal expectations impact on deafness and disability experiences. It is also a memoir that celebrates Deaf culture and has been described as a game changer in the way that it enlightens readers on the gifts that are possible in a world without sound. With writer and accessibility activist Robyn Hunt.

Interpreted by Rachel Tate.

I hunaia e Fiona Murphy tōna turi, neke atu I te 25 tau ia e pērā ana, kāore tētehi I mōhio he taringa turo ōna, ā I whai pānga kino tēnei ki a ia ki tana wāhi mahi. Ka kōrero te kaiwhairo kupu nei mō ōna wheako.

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The Shape of Sound – Fiona Murphy


Fiona Murphy


Poet / Essayist

Fiona Murphy is a Deaf poet and essayist. Her work has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Griffith Review and the Big Issue, among other publications. In 2019, she was awarded the Overland Fair Australia Essay Prize and the Monash Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Richell Prize and highly commended by the Wheeler Centre Next Chapter program.


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