Felicity Castagna is a lecturer in creative writing at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. She has published four novels for adults and young adults, including her most recent book, Girls In Boys’ Cars (Pan Macmillan). Her previous novel, No More Boats (Giramondo, 2017), was shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Small Indiscretions (Transit Lounge, 2011) and the young adult novel The Incredible Here and Now (Giramondo, 2014), which received the Prime Minister’s Award for Young Adult Literature as well as The International Board on Books for Young People (Writing).
Domestic. Suburban. Mother.
The materials that frequently appear in Brescia’s work – cleaning wipes and kitchen sponges, toilet cleaners and feather dusters – expose the comparative poverty of a canvas, or a piece of clay, as if regular artists’ tools can’t render feeling or emotion. They don’t say, this is what it’s like to be here, to be me.