In award-winning writer Fiona Murphy’s (The Shape of Sound) first year of work as a physiotherapist, a patient asked her: “How does it feel to be nothing more than a glorified walking stick?” In some ways the work of a physiotherapist appears passive – congenial, even, involving gentle walks and small talk. But they are primed to catch any signs of distress or fatigue and predict the likelihood of a fall before it happens. In this insightful lecture, Fiona examines bodies, aging, fear and falling.


This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Fiona Murphy (Australian)

Fiona Murphy

Fiona Murphy is an award-winning Deaf writer based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Age, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue among many other publications. Her memoir, The Shape of Sound, was released in March 2021. It explores secrets, Deaf identity and sign language.