AustLit logo
Grass is Greener single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Grass is Greener
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

The protagonist is blind and needs a wheelchair to move. He imagines colours based on descriptions, many of which were given to him by his dead partner, Mel, who had acquired blindness. He struggles to maneuver around Brisbane city when well-meaning passersby move him without his request, leaving him disoriented.

A man assaults him for being in the way of the entrance to The Coffee Club. A Scottish man, Angus, helps the protagonist back up as Angus's son runs to catch the assaulter. They have a short conversation where the protagonist shares that he doesn't want a carer; Angus agrees.

Once home, the protagonist gets a call from his mother, who's gone on a honeymoon. The mother insists on getting him a full-time carer, and begins to cry, saying she can't handle the burden of caring for him, even though he's been living on his own for the past three years.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Blindness from birth, underdeveloped legs.
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view First person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Social Alternatives Population Health in the 21st Century vol. 29 no. 2 2010 Z1707306 2010 periodical issue 2010 pg. 76-78
Last amended 12 Mar 2018 10:48:57