Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Fiona Murphy

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Tamworth, AUSTRALIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Fiona Murphy is an award-winning, deaf writer based in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, ABC, Welcome Collection Stories, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, and The Big Issue, among many other publications.

Her memoir The Shape of Sound (Text Publishing) was released in Australia in 2021 and explores her experiences with hearing loss.

At MacDowell, she worked on a collection of interlinked short stories, provisionally titled Swimmer's View. Set in Australia, Antarctica, Ireland, Spain, France, and America, the stories explore the connections between art and science.

Portrait by Ebony Dennis


Irving Fine

Fiona Murphy worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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