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Bonus Episode 11 Pill Pop Live: Growing Up Disabled in Australia
‘This book will change history. It’s the first of its kind in Australia. And I hope it won’t be the last. We deserve better representation in literature.’
Edited by writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay, Growing Up Disabled in Australia captures the complexity and nuance of life with disability, reflected by its diverse range of more than 40 contributors. The landmark anthology offers disabled people of all backgrounds and life experiences a chance to see themselves reflected on the page, in a world that should – but often doesn’t – accommodate impairment as an expected aspect of human diversity.
In this live Pill Pop event, recorded at the Wheeler Centre, hosts Silvi Vann-Wall and Izzie Austin were joined by Growing Up Disabled in Australia editor Carly Findlay and contributors Lucy Carpenter and Jane Rosengrave to discuss the anthology and the experiences explored within.
Content warning: this episode includes discussions of physical and mental illness.
- Growing Up Disabled in Australia, edited by Carly Findlay. A rich collection of writing from those negotiating disability in their lives – a group whose voices are not heard often enough. Contributors include senator Jordon Steele-John, paralympian Isis Holt, Dion Beasley, Sam Drummond, Astrid Edwards, Sarah Firth, El Gibbs, Eliza Hull, Gayle Kennedy, Carly-Jay Metcalfe, Fiona Murphy, Jessica Walton and many more.
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Hosted, produced and edited by Silvi Vann-Wall and Izzie Austin, this episode celebrates the release of Growing Up Disabled in Australia.
This podcast was recorded live at the Wheeler Centre on 15 April 2021.
This series is produced in partnership with the Wheeler Centre's Signal Boost programme. Mentorship and production support from Jon Tjhia, Beth Atkinson-Quinton and Bec Fary.
Music: 'Dip Dop' by Barrie Gledden
A transcript of this episode will be available soon.
Izzie Austin is a zinester and postgraduate student who grew up in Brisbane with several cats, and now lives in Brunswick with just one cat. They are currently undertaking a PhD in cinema studies and working on Pill Pop – a podcast about chronic illnesses, including their own messed-up pancreas.
Silvi Vann-Wall is an audio producer and podcaster, with a strong journalism background. She loves making weird and wonderful audio and is usually found with headphones on. She has lived with a chronic illness for ten years and this informs her current work.
Carly Findlay OAM is a writer, speaker and appearance activist. She is the author of memoir Say Hello and the editor of Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She has been published in the ABC, the Guardian, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN and Vogue.
Lucy Carpenter is an aspiring writer with Albinism who is currently completing her Bachelor of Professional Communication and hopes to work in the media industry and continue advocating for disability awareness.
Jane Rosengrave is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and disability advocate. Jane lives with an intellectual disability and is widely respected for her fearless advocacy regarding violence against people with disability.
An audio road trip for the chronically ill.
Pill Pop is hosted by two chronically ill people – Izzie and Silvi – who take you on a road trip through chronic-illness country. Izzie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young kid, and Silvi was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis as a teenager.
We've lived the majority of our lives with illness, and now it's time to share our stories with people just like us. So hop on in to the back seat of our secondhand ambulance and buckle up for the trip of a lifetime!
At each Pill Pop Pit Stop, we'll interview a guest about their life with chronic illness, covering everything from the funny, the sad and the flat-out gross. Each episode will take you on a journey – from diagnosis, to finding a good doctor, to accepting that your illness is forever.
For anyone who's wondering what it's like to be chronically ill, we use the power of audio to fully immerse each listener in the body of our guests! It's like the episode of The Magic School Bus Ms Frizzle didn't want you to know about.