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Growing Up Disabled in Australia


Thu 8 Jul, 2021


Powerhouse Theatre

Adult - Seat $35*
Concession - Seat $30*
Adult - Wheelchair $35*
Concession - Wheelchair $30*
Companion $0

*plus transaction fee of $6.90




75 mins

Ages + Warnings

Suitable 15+
Contains adult themes and sexual references

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Due to Government restrictions, Growing Up Disabled in Australia has been cancelled.

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One in five Australians has a disability. And disability presents itself in many ways. Yet disabled people are still under-represented in the media and in literature.

Growing Up Disabled in Australia is the fifth book in the highly acclaimed, bestselling Growing Up series. Edited by award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist, Carly Findlay, the book includes interviews with prominent Australians such as Senator Jordon Steele-John and Paralympian Isis Holt, poetry and graphic art, as well as more than 40 original pieces by writers with a disability or chronic illness.

Join Carly Findlay with contributors Anna Whateley, Emma Di Bernardo and Todd Winther in conversation with host Elisha Matthews for an empowering Writers+Ideas event.

Please note, this is a relaxed performance.

If you would like to book tickets to Growing Up Disabled in Australia please click here.

seating options

This performance offers a selection of accessibility seating options below.

  • Auslan Interpreter + Wheelchair + Mobility Accessible Seating: to purchase tickets in an area that does not contain stairs and is accessible to the Auslan interpreter. If you are in a wheelchair, please select the relevant ticket and our staff will ensure the seat is removed.
  • Wheelchair + Mobility Accessible Seating: to purchase tickets in an area that does not contain stairs. If you are in a wheelchair, please select the relevant ticket and our staff will ensure the seat is removed.
  • Tiered Seating: to purchase tickets in an area that contains stairs. If you require access to the Auslan interpreter or wheelchair seating, please select a different seating area.

If you would like to pre-book an infrared hearing loop or if you have a mobility scooter, please contact Box Office on 07 3358 8600 or


Carly Findlay – Melbourne
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 and has been published in the ABC, The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, CNN and Vogue. Carly was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Emma Di Bernardo – Brisbane QLD
Emma Di Bernardo is a bespectacled writer and speaker from Queensland. She is a women’s rights, LGBTIQ+ and disability advocate. Emma’s non-fiction work has been featured in The Undergraduate Journal of Whedon Studies, Disability in Kidlit and One Woman Project.

Anna Whateley – Brisbane QLD
Anna Whateley writes ‘own voice’ young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal, was published in 2020. She holds a PhD in literature and lives in Brisbane with her husband, three children, two dogs and two rescue guinea pigs.

Todd Winther – Brisbane QLD
Todd Winther lives in Brisbane. He specialises in political leadership and policy-making in the disability sector. As a political commentator, Todd has been published in The Conversation and ABC Ramp Up. He has also taught subjects in politics and disability studies at university.

Elisha Matthews
Elisha Matthews is a writer, speaker, activist and proud disabled woman who covers disability issues and other community matters. A former ABC Brisbane Community Correspondent, Elisha was awarded the Australia Day honour by Moreton Bay Regional Council of Citizen of the Year 2019 for her tireless advocacy for people with disabilities.


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