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Asphyxia is an artist, writer and public speaker. She is the author of Future Girl, which has been shortlisted for numerous awards, as well as the much loved junior fiction series, The Grimstones. Asphyxia has also been a circus performer and puppeteer. 

An avid art-journaler, she loves to share her process to help others benefit from this amazing tool for self-expression, problem-solving, planning, goal-tracking and self-esteem. 

Deaf since the age of three, Asphyxia learnt to sign when she was eighteen, which changed her life. She is now a Deaf activist, sharing details of Deaf experience and raising awareness of oppression of Deaf people and what we can do to change this. Her free online Auslan course ( has over 15,000 students.

Asphyxia is kept busy with her small farm where she combines food growing with art – creating a magical aesthetic with plants and natural elements.