Fiona Murphy is a writer and poet based in Melbourne. Her work has appeared in The Age, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and The Big Issue, among others. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Dorothy Porter Award for Poets and longlisted for The Lifted Brow’s Experimental Non-Fiction prize. She has been awarded several writing fellowships and is working on a non-fiction manuscript about being deaf.
FictionThe holiday brochures talk about ‘the sound of silence’ in Antarctica. That it is an experience, elliptical and expansive. This has become a long-running joke at the base. Everyone knows that life here relies on making noise.
Discrimination and the body
EssayTHE WORDS ‘WELCOME’ and ‘opportunity’ are used throughout the Department of Home Affairs’ migration webpages. There is the occasional sun-drenched photo. In each portrait the smiles are wide. Everyone looks satisfied and at ease. These are bursts of liveliness...