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Asphyxia Asphyxia i(A144505 works by)
Gender: Female
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Asphyxia is a Deaf artist, author, puppeteer and ex-circus performer. Over the past decade, she has worked performing trapeze, hula- hoops, and marionette puppetry. Asphyxia spent eighteen months designing and building the theatre show, The Grimstones, which toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim, and has now been turned into this delightful children's book series. Asphyxia is passionate about painting, drawing, art journaling, sculpture, metalwork, sewing and anything else she can make with her hands. She sells her creations and portraits online through her Etsy shop, Fixie's Shelf. When she's not writing and making, Asphyxia is kept busy by her urban eco-farm, where she raises the majority of her family's food and lives with her partner and son in a tiny mud-brick cottage she built herself. 

(Source: Allen & Unwin)

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships to write and develop artwork for a book, Future Girl (working title), an art journal.
2009 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships The creative development and production of The Grimstones Mortimer Revealed"

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Future Girl Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19844359 2020 single work novel young adult science fiction

'Piper's mum wants her to be 'normal', to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and Melbourne lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get food.

'When she meets Marley, a CODA (child of Deaf adult), a door opens into a new world - where Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience is created through growing your own food rather than it being delivered on a truck.

'As she dives into learning Auslan, sign language that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive, Piper finds herself falling hard for Marley. But Marley, who has grown up in the Deaf community yet is not Deaf, is struggling to find his place in the hearing world. How can they be together?

'Future Girl is the art journal of sixteen-year-old Piper, a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne.' (Publication summary)

2021 selected White Ravens
2022 winner American Library Association Schneider Family Book Awards
2021 winner Readings Prizes The Readings Young Adult Book Prize
2020 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Novel
2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2021 shortlisted Indie Awards Young Adult
The Grimstones - Hatched 2012 single work drama children's fantasy 'Experience a compelling and magical fairytale about The Grimstone family. There is a girl who reads dreams, a baby boy with three legs, a mother who sews garments lined with warmth and joy, and a grandfather who heals people with his magic potions. Hatched celebrates the wonder of books, the acceptance of difference, family love and the simple pleasures of life.

The story is told with giant books, old-world marionettes and sign language. Gertrude Grimstone (Asphyxia) and her assistant August (Paula Dowse), the delightful story-tellers and puppeteers, interact with the puppets and have their own role to play in The Grimstones fairytale.' (Source: )
2013 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2005-2013)
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