Fiona Murphy

is an award-winning Deaf poet and essayist. Her debut memoir is The Shape of Sound.

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Culture August 19, 2023

Belvoir St Theatre’s The Weekend

Belvoir St Theatre’s adaptation of Charlotte Wood’s novel The Weekend is a thrilling representation of the heartbreaking mess of living.

book July 15, 2023

What an Owl Knows

In her latest book, distinguished American science writer Jennifer Ackerman returns to the subject matter that made her a bestseller: birds. What an Owl Knows: the new science of the world’s most enigmatic birds is an immersive and immensely …

Culture April 29, 2023

The Memory of Animals

In Claire Fuller’s fifth novel, The Memory of Animals, the dropsy virus is sweeping the world “causing disorientation, memory loss, seizures and coma”. Neffy is one of 16 volunteers participating in a research trial. She has agreed to being …

Culture March 11, 2023

Cursed Bread

It is 1951 and, in the small French town of Pont-Saint-Esprit, summer is approaching. Pont-Saint-Esprit has a bakery where the baker’s wife, Elodie, stands behind the counter feeling “so very bored”; a bar where the townsmen meet night after night …

Culture March 04, 2023

Nat Bartsch’s Hope Renewed

The genre-bending compositions of ARIA-nominated musician Nat Bartsch have an astonishing ability to construct feeling.

Culture February 18, 2023

The National Theatre’s All of Us

The National Theatre’s All of Us is a powerful indictment of austerity but also shows the possibilities of inclusion.

Culture December 03, 2022

Shadow Phase

Peter Knight’s first solo album in a decade, Shadow Phase, invites the listener into a world of possibility.

Life October 16, 2021

Why tinnitus is on the rise

The pandemic has seen an increase in people reporting tinnitus. Although the cause is not known, it could be related to the stress and anxiety of Covid-19.

Life August 28, 2021

Interpreting the pandemic

In the course of the pandemic, sign language has adapted and changed to deal with the demands of televised press conferences. Importantly, the interpreters are increasingly Deaf themselves.