I've very excited to tell you I have received funding from Australia Council for the book I am currently working on, Future Girl.
The book is a novel set in Melbourne in the future, with a deaf main character, Piper. Piper's Melbourne is in crisis, facing food and other shortages due to peak oil. At the same time, Piper is exploring her Deaf identity as she discovers Auslan and moves from her oral upbringing towards Deaf culture. The book is to be Piper's art journal, and will be filled with her writing and artwork.
The grant from Australia Council will allow me to create the artwork. Tentatively, Allen & Unwin hope to publish the book in March 2016. I'm posting my progress with the book on my facebook page, so subscribe there if you'd like to follow this project.
In the meantime, here are a couple of preliminary artworks I've created for the book: