Oz is Burning
While the world around me is on fire, my story is about trying to cope with chronic pain and deal with other life-threatening symptoms triggered and exacerbated by the sounds of essential fire-fighting and life-saving equipment.
Even after the fires are out, the land still suffers. Suzanne Newnham’s strange look at how a person who hears fire perceives the conflagration, this anthology demonstrates the agony, but it also shows bits of dark humor and hope among the devastation. B Cubed Press will donate to WIRES, NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.
Phoenix: The Rise of a Resilient Community
In the summer of 2019–20, bushfires brought new challenges to my fragile health.
I experienced mixed feelings about seeing the potentially life-saving planes while at the same time wanting them to stop so that I could breathe easier, and for my pain to go away. As the fires edged closer, I thought, ‘How am I not to become an even greater burden – physically and mentally ... Next I thought, I write my magazine column on coping with chronic pain – but how can I write about that when I can’t cope? I knew I was on my own and needed new strategies.