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Kathleen Mary Fallon

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About the author

Kathleen Mary Fallon’s most recent work is a four-part project exploring her experiences as the white foster mother of a Torres Strait Islander foster son with disabilities. The project consisted of a feature film, Call Me Mum, the script of which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize, an AWGIE and was nominated for four AFI Awards winning Best Female Support Actress Award. It was screened at the Australian Embassy in Paris for NAIDOC Week and for Sorry Day at ACMI. The four-part project also includes a novel Paydirt (UWAPublishing, 2007); a play, Buyback, which she directed at the Carlton Courthouse in 2006 and a MA (Murdoch). Her novel, Working Hot, (Sybylla 1989, Vintage/Random House, 2000) won a Victoria Premier’s Prize and she has written an opera with the composer Elena Kats-Chernin, Matricidethe Musical (produced by Chamber Made Opera, 1998). She wrote the text for the concert piece, Laquiem for the composer Andrée Greenwell. Laquiem was performed at The Studio at the Sydney Opera House. She holds a PhD (UniSA) and was the co-recipient of the John Oxley Memory Award, State Library of Queensland in 2013. She lectured in the creative writing programme at the University of Melbourne for eight years. Her collection of short stories, A fixed place: the long and short of story (UWAPublishing) is to be launched in June 2019.

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Volume 40, May 2019

Writing at, writing to, the lover, the other and the possibility of conversation


I’m writing a piece called Mourning of the Lac Women. In it I’m trying for something I call extreme writing, seeking the limits of subjectivity and intersubjectivity in language, trying for language as discourse— from discurrere: to run about, range widely, wander off course – in search of conversation, communication, the constellation of intersubjective becomings. 

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