Jessica White

Jessica White was raised in country NSW and, at age 4, lost most of her hearing from meningitis. Undaunted, she made her way from a primary school of 100 pupils to publishing her first novel, A Curious Intimacy (Penguin, 2007) at age 29, and graduating with a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. A Curious Intimacy won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award, was shortlisted for the Dobbie and Western Australia Premier’s awards, and longlisted for the international IMPAC award. It was followed by her second novel, Entitlement (Penguin, 2012). Her short fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in numerous Australian literary journals, and she is the recipient of funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts, which has included a residency at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome. Her short story, ‘Old Honey’, was recently shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

‘Can I Do My Words?’: On the Poetics of Deafness

Taken together, these three memories denote my progression towards finding a voice as a deaf writer.

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(i) On the old blue trampoline beneath the apricot tree the breeze is a blade scraping my cheeks, the dew-damp air bites like snow and glass falls through leaves onto my eyelids. (ii) On the hospital bed Dad reads from …

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