Small Acts of Disappearance

Fiona Wright



Small Acts of Disappearance describes the author’s affliction with an eating disorder which begins in university, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years. Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and by an awareness of the empowering effects of hunger, which is unsparing in its consideration of the author’s motives and actions. The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wright’s life: at university, where she finds herself in a radically different social world to the one she grew up in, in Sri Lanka as a fledgling journalist, in Germany as a young writer, in her hospital treatments back in Sydney. They combine travel writing, memoir and literary discussions of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Glück deal with anorexia and addiction; together with accounts of family life, the observation of detail and the humour which is so compelling in Wright’s poetry.

Winner of the 2016 Nita B. Kibble Award and the 2016 Non-Fiction Book Award in the Queensland Literary Awards.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize and the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards for non-fiction.


Print ISBN : 978-1-922146-93-9
Epdf ISBN : 978 1 922146 98 4
Epub ISBN : 978 1 922146 97 7
pp : 224pp
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September 2015

About the Author

Fiona Wright’s poetry book Knuckled (published by Giramondo in 2011) won the Dame Mary Gilmore Award for a first collection. Her poems and essays have been published in the Australian, Meanjin, Island, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Seizure and HEAT.