Wheelers Books

Portrait of the Artist's Mother: Dignity, Creativity and Disability

Portrait of the Artist's Mother: Dignity, Creativity and Disability

A memoir and an examination of the politics of disability. Fiona Place describes the pressure from medical institutions to undergo screening during pregnancy and the traumatic nature and assumptions that a child with Trisomy 21 should not live, even though people with Down syndro... read full description below.

Usually ships 6-12 working days – This title is in stock at publisher

Quick Reference

ISBN 9781925581751
Barcode 9781925581751
Published 1 May 2019 by Spinifex Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, None ed.
Alternate Format(s) View All (1 other possible title(s) available)
Author(s) By Place, Fiona
Availability In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

... view full title details below.

Buy Now

  • $34.99 Wheelers price
Add to Basket Add to Wishlist

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781925581751
ISBN-10 1925581756
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Spinifex Press
Imprint Spinifex Press
Publication Date 1 May 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, None ed.
Edition None ed.
Author(s) By Place, Fiona
Category Biography & Autobiography
Disability: Social Aspects
Coping With Disability
Australian
Number of Pages 300
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 963431

Description of this Book

A memoir and an examination of the politics of disability. Fiona Place describes the pressure from medical institutions to undergo screening during pregnancy and the traumatic nature and assumptions that a child with Trisomy 21 should not live, even though people with Down syndrome do live rich and productive lives. Fiona's son, Fraser, has become an artist and his prize-winning paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Sydney and Canberra. How does a mother get from the grieving silence of the birthing room through the horrified comments of other mothers to the applause at gallery openings? This is a story of courage, love and commitment to the idea that all people, including those who are 'less than perfect', have a right to be welcomed into this increasingly imperfect world.

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Fiona Place is one of our great truth-tellers. There is no other writer like her. -Amanda Lohrey, award-winning fiction writer. DIGNITY, CREATIVITY This is a wide-ranging, deeply personal examination of the writer's approach to parenting AND DISABILITY a son with Down syndrome. There is no sugar-coating, no `angels' or `forever children', but the very real life, great love and perceptive thinking of one mother, one son, one family, forging a good life in twenty first century Australia. -Jill O'Connor, disability advocate A powerful must-read book with three strands. Fiona shares her own life as she explores the impact of childhood family relationships on later motherhood, the rights and abilities of individuals with Down syndrome and questions the ethics of current termination programmes. I hope this book provokes widespread debate of these issues. -Professor Sue Buckley OBE, psychologist, Down Syndrome Education International Portrait of the Artist's Mother illuminates all that is wrong with a society that expects children and mothers to be `perfect'. With carefully crafted prose, Fiona Place pushes back against negative assumptions that people with Down syndrome cannot have engaging and fulfilling lives. Her work, irradiated by her love for her son Fraser, is a delight to read. -Jessica White, author of Hearing Maud Written with extraordinary courage and searing honesty, the author takes the reader on a vivid, sometimes painful, yet life-affirming journey of hope. This book both commands and deserves attention as a creative work and provides unique insight into disability and motherhood. -Miriam Stevenson PhD, disability consultant

^ top

Author's Bio

Fiona Place combines motherhood with her work as a writer and an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.

^ top