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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Looking for the Silver Lining
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The narrator's friend, Duncan, dreamed of being a pianist before he had both his hands amputated in a carpenting accident. Six months afterwards, the narrator is invited by Duncan to his house, where he reveals he has been learning to play the piano with his feet. The inspired narrator is determined to have Duncan play in public. After getting over his stage fright, Duncan succeeds and becomes a celebrity figure in their town, Des.

More and more disabled people come to the town, seeing him as an inspiration. The narrator realises they are no longer central to Duncan's career. The town begins to forbid entry to able-bodied musicians, which the narrator opposes to no avail. After the narrator leaves Des, a music academy for the disabled is built, and Des becomes a cultural hub for the disabled.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Amputated hands.
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view First person (not the disabled character).

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Etchings Three Chords and the Truth no. 11 2012 Z1929376 2012 periodical issue 2012 pg. 5-16
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