Shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize

Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright

Nonfiction · Giramondo Publishing

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About the book

“Wright brings a sometimes melancholy, sometimes comic, well-informed honesty to an important subject.

– 2016 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger won the 2016 Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for nonfiction and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Award. Her first poetry collection, Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, while Domestic Interior was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. She completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre. Her poems and essays have been published in the AustralianMeanjinIslandOverlandThe Lifted BrowSeizure and HEAT.

Further Reading

Small Acts of Disappearance proves once again that Fiona Wright is a writer possessed of a thoughtful voice and a keen subtlety, and a memoirist whose time is now.” James Tierney, Kill Your Darlings

“It seems depraved to describe a collection of essays about hunger as a pleasure to read. Yet the craft and clarity of Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger make it so, despite its brutal subject.” Katherine Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald

“The essays of Small Acts of Disappearance thematise the difficulty of showing oneself while still in the process of finding oneself, but in doing so, they establish both gestures as worthy goals. In this, Wright’s essays move haltingly towards a public intimacy, an assertion that, unlike hunger, writing’s mediating role may be used to draw connections and thereby mime, not isolation, but love.” Alys Moody, Sydney Review of Books


Fiona Wright’s author spotlight on Seizure

Everyday Intimacies: An interview with Fiona Wright

Writer’s Bloc interview Fiona Wright

ABC Radio National speaks to Fiona Wright about Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger

Judges’ report

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