I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my story ‘Firestorm Sounds’ in the new anthology Oz is Burning. The January 2020 bushfires for my husband Mick and I posed more than the threats of life and property engulfed in smoke and flames, Because of our ‘Black Summer’, an exacerbation of my potential life-threatening condition of extreme hypersensitivity to sounds meant I had to continually find new ways of coping as well as trying to minimise additional stresses on Mick. I’ve never wanted to be defined by my health conditions, but unfortunately as daily living is already a challenge for me, their constant presence since 2007 is a necessary aspect to consider and try to pacify when all seems against survival.
Nine years ago, Mick and I moved to the beautiful and creative-inspiring NSW South Coast, fulfilling my lifelong dream of living between mountain and sea. I look at the river and now give thanks for not only its beauty and the serenity it offers, but also its role via the water planes in helping to subdue the flames raging in communities and forests last summer.
A portion from the proceeds will be donated to help the Wildlife Rescue Service, WIRES, do much needed restoration and care of animals and habitat following the disastrous bushfires. I hope that donations are bountiful from sales of ‘Oz is Burning’.