Fiona Kelly McGregor
Fiona Kelly McGregor is a Sydney writer and artist. She has published seven books, most recently the essay collection Buried not dead (Giramondo, 2021). Her latest novel Indelible Ink won Age Book of the Year. McGregor’s essays, articles and reviews appear in a variety of publications including The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, Meanjin, Running Dog, and Overland. Her photoessay A Novel Idea, a tongue-in-cheek documentation of novel-writing through the rubric of endurance performance, was published in 2019.
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by Mary Fallon
Sybylla Co-operative Press
The Hot Desk: Working Hot by Mary Fallon
Working Hot is a novel about dykes in Sydney, written with an experimental verve that still dazzles today. Author Mary Fallon was 38 when she published it. I was 23, writing short fiction, working in Abbey’s Bookshop to pay the rent, and unsure of my sexuality. I remember reading The Kinsey Report out the back during lunch hour and being blown away by all the gay sex in 1950s USA. If, I calculated, there was the proverbial 10 per cent back then, surely now there were that many more. Indeed, in late 1980s Sydney, it didn’t take long to find sexy dykes, for this was the beginning of an explosion of queer female performativity in bars and at parties, overtly and often abjectly sexual, that has never abated, despite myriad oppressive forces. What the wildest girls did on stage infected our entire community, making Sydney one of the dirtiest, dykiest places on earth, if not the.
Watch the sun set on the most oppressively hot days, when the western plains trap pollution over the city and the sun pulses through a fierce chemical red. The textile district lingers in cheap clothing stores and tiny back lane shops that embroider patches or sharpen scissors. Greenfields warehouse, a four-storey paradise of fabric and haberdashery, has barely changed since opening over sixty years ago. From my bedsit on the edge of Paddington ($33 pw), I walked to the Trade Union Club on Foveaux Street, alto sax slung over my shoulder.
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by Fiona Kelly McGregor
Published 27 September 2022
Off The Record
Iris reconsiders our official, public-record history – its absences and silences, its misshapings and misrecognitions. And it also offers a reconsideration of a woman whose position within this history is complicated, doubly, by her queerness.
Buried Not Dead
by Fiona McGregor
Published February 2021
A Novel Idea
by Fiona McGregor
Published June, 2019
Desk Work: A Novel Idea by Fiona McGregor
The work of a novelist is hard, menial and often dull work. Despite this, the work of a novelist at least cuts against the dominant temporalities of work. Through a queer commitment to craft, and by showing us this process in A Novel Idea, McGregor gets us to think harder about what drudgery means, not only for her and her work, or even artists and cultural workers more generally, but for any life and any work.