Disability Arts, Culture & Media

Hadley, Bree and McDonald, Donna. Eds. 2018. The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture and Media

In this ground-breaking book, we explore how d/Deaf and disabled people use arts, media, and cultural practices to fight for their rights in a world that continues to stereotype and exclude and devalue them in almost all cultural spheres.

A world-first in its interdisciplinary approach to these issues, it includes 40 major international and Australian academics, artists, and activists writing about everything from toys to theatre to tourist attractions to top level sports events such as the paralympics.

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Binna Burra: Scorched

One Summer Day

I painted this work (mixed media on paper) on Sunday 8 September 2019, in response to the news that Binna Burra Lodge, the heritage-listed wooden lodge building that had stood since the 1930s, was devastated by bushfire.

Founded in 1933 by conservationists Romeo Lahey and Arthur Groom as a place for people to stay and enjoy the beauty of the Lamington National Park, the lodge had panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest. The area is part of the World Heritage-listed Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia.

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Focus on Australian Women Writers with Disability

Memoir as Protest: Guest Post by Donna McDonald

McDonald, D. 9 September 2014. ‘Memoir as Protest’ in Australian Women Writers. Donna was diagnosed as deaf when she was three years old and went to a school for deaf children in Brisbane for five years. When Donna was eight years old, her parents enrolled her at a private girls school where she completed her schooling before going on to university.

It was not until Donna was fifty years old that she began to reflect deeply on the impact of her life-long task to ‘fit in’ as a deaf person in a hearing world. She wrote about her journey of discovery in her memoir The Art of Being Deaf

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Grief Observed

In Memoriam Art Exhibition 2019

This art show was held by the Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group (COSSAG). My paintings, ‘Grief Dares Us to Love Again’ and ‘Grief Observed’, are about the enduring sorrow of bereaved mothers. I do this by using the Japanese concept of kintsugi – ‘golden repair’ or ‘golden joinery’— to show how we can heal ourselves in our sorrow.

Sorrow is Written into the Contract of Life
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