Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

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How do you define disability? What does it mean to you, and why?

For a long time I mostly saw disability through the eyes of an able-bodied person with little experience of that world, until I realised it was broader than I imagined and I belonged in it.  I had thought that disability would be obvious; there would be visual cues such as mobility aids, Auslan being used, white canes and service dogs - I thought that disability was mostly something you could see, which meant that chronic illness was illness, not disability.  That was then.

Photo of Jax Jacki Brown looking at the ground. Her wheelchair casts a shadow behind her

There is a quote from Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, a Professor of English and Bioethics, and a scholar of disability studies, which I think about quite a lot: ‘Disability is a culturally fabricated narrative of the body’.

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Ashlee Bye was a Write-ability Fellow in 2015. She read this extract from 'Out of the Shadows' at the Write-ability Salon (Nothing About Us, Without Us) at The Wheeler Centre in December 2015.

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Writers Victoria’s Write-ability program has been built around the importance of self-told stories, disability leadership and peer support — creating opportunities for even the quietest voices to be heard.

Now in its third year, Write-ability has grown to include a regional focus with Geelong-based Harriet Gaffney as our first regional project officer.

Black and white photograph of Lia Incognita, wearing glasses

A storm blew through the poetry world last week when it was revealed that Yi-Fen Chou, one of the poets published in 'Best American Poetry 2015', was in fact the pen name of a white guy called Michael Derrick Hudson.

Despite numerous academic studies in the USA, Australia, Britain...

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Deanne Sheldon-Collins talks about writing, passion and career change with barrister, musician and writer John Tesarsch following the publication of his second novel 'The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman' by Affirm Press.

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Five writers with disability will receive six hours of free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts through the third annual Write-ability Fellowships announced this week.

Fellowships were awarded to writers working in a range of styles and genres, including creative fiction, memoir and non-fiction journalism.

Emerging writer Naomi Fryers will work with outgoing Director of the Emerging Writers Festival, Sam Twyford-Moore, over the next two months.

Heart shape made out of flowers

Writer and WV member Shu-Ling Chua tells the story of her parents’ introduction in this moving piece of memoir.

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‘Maybe it’s a Chinese thing. You know, that dating show on SBS, If You Are the One?’

‘Yes, my parents watch it.’

‘They’re always thinking about the future. Australians, Americans, Europeans – we just live in the moment.’

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In 2008, Alice Pung edited a groundbreaking anthology, 'Growing Up Asian in Australia' which featured short stories and poems by over fifty Asian Australians.  However, prior to the book’s publication, Pung was advised by an industry person that her  “heavy introduction” which detailed the invasion and dispossession of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, the White Australia policy, including information about the racist violence towards the Chinese during the 1850s and 60s, would scare away Border bookshop customers.

Photo of Debbie Lim in front of a beach at sunset. A small sailboat can be seen on the horizon.

He understands the bones of little fish.
The way each spine will set in stone
beneath the weight of forests, sediment,
the collapsed strata of years. How
many times has he lifted those skulls
with a minute brush, blown dust
from the space their fins once radiated?