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Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the author's affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, 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 own actions and motivations. 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 research, 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, and detailed and humorous views of hunger-induced situations of the kind that are so compelling in Wrights poetry. [Trove]

Notes

  • Dedication: For my sisters: by blood, in-law and in arms
  • Epigraph:

    I speak of those years when I lived

    walled alive in myself, left with nothing

    but the inward search for joy, for a word

    that would ruffle the plumage of mind

    to reach its tenderest down;

    when consuming myself I endured,

    but could not change.

    GWEN HARWOOD 'Past and Present'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2015 .
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      Extent: 193p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st September 2015
      ISBN: 9781922146939

Works about this Work

Three Generations of Sydney Women Finalists for the 2016 Kibble Literary Award Susan Wyndam , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 7 June 2016;
'Three generations of Sydney women are represented on the shortlist for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for women's life writing. ...'
Fiona Wright Wins $30,000 Kibble Prize for Essay Collection on Anorexia Steph Harmon , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 July 2016;
'The acclaimed writer, critic and poet Fiona Wright has won the prestigious Kibble award for Australian women writers, taking $30,000 for Small Acts of Disappearance, a collection of essays about anorexia. ...'
Fiona Wright's Small Acts of Disappearance Has a Big Win at the Kibble Award Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 14 July 2016;
'Sydney poet and essayist Fiona Wright has won the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for women's life writing. In her book, Small Acts of Disappearance, Wright examines her own anorexia and the significance of hunger in a slender collection of essays that are both intimate and intellectual, frank and filled with poetic observations. ...'
An Audience with Poet and Author Fiona Wright Sarah Price , 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 12 November 2016;
Melissa Ashley Reviews Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright Melissa Ashley , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , February 2016;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Walled Alive Emily Laidlaw , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 378 2016; (p. 65)

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Books 2015 #2 FL , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19 December 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay ; Hot Little Hands Abigail Ulman 2015 selected work short story ; Something for the Pain : A Memoir of the Turf Gerald Murnane 2015 single work autobiography
Review Short : Fiona Wright’s Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Sophie Cunningham , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 October no. 52.0 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
The Fleshy Side of the Mind Alys Moody , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Review : Small Acts of Disappearance CR , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19 September 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Intimate Truth about a Brutal Addiction Katherine Wilson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 17-18 October 2015; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 October 2015; (p. 28-29)

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Food for Thought in Quest for Solace Mandy Sayer , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 October 2015; (p. 16)

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Food for Thought in Quest for Solace Mandy Sayer , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 October 2015; (p. 16)

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Intimate Truth about a Brutal Addiction Katherine Wilson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 17-18 October 2015; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 October 2015; (p. 28-29)

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Review : Small Acts of Disappearance CR , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19 September 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
The Fleshy Side of the Mind Alys Moody , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Walled Alive Emily Laidlaw , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 378 2016; (p. 65)

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Review Short : Fiona Wright’s Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Sophie Cunningham , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 October no. 52.0 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Melissa Ashley Reviews Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright Melissa Ashley , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , February 2016;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay
Books 2015 #2 FL , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 19 December 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright 2015 selected work essay ; Hot Little Hands Abigail Ulman 2015 selected work short story ; Something for the Pain : A Memoir of the Turf Gerald Murnane 2015 single work autobiography
Three Generations of Sydney Women Finalists for the 2016 Kibble Literary Award Susan Wyndam , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 7 June 2016;
'Three generations of Sydney women are represented on the shortlist for the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for women's life writing. ...'
Fiona Wright Wins $30,000 Kibble Prize for Essay Collection on Anorexia Steph Harmon , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 July 2016;
'The acclaimed writer, critic and poet Fiona Wright has won the prestigious Kibble award for Australian women writers, taking $30,000 for Small Acts of Disappearance, a collection of essays about anorexia. ...'
Fiona Wright's Small Acts of Disappearance Has a Big Win at the Kibble Award Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 14 July 2016;
'Sydney poet and essayist Fiona Wright has won the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for women's life writing. In her book, Small Acts of Disappearance, Wright examines her own anorexia and the significance of hunger in a slender collection of essays that are both intimate and intellectual, frank and filled with poetic observations. ...'
An Audience with Poet and Author Fiona Wright Sarah Price , 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 12 November 2016;
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