Author Archives: Fiona Kelly McGregor

About Fiona Kelly McGregor

Sydney writer and performance artist.

IRIS

‘The story of Iris had to be told and McGregor has produced the roughest but most invaluable diamond.’
– Tony Birch

‘Honestly, I am dazzled. The evocation of 1930s Sydney – the sly-grog trade, the criminalisation of the marginalised, the slums – is visceral and immediate and relevant. It’s a stunner.’
– Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and Devotion

‘Using scant public records, Fiona Kelly McGregor has composed an entire world. Iris becomes a complex nuanced consciousness, a bearer of experience, thought, feeling, yearnings. This book partakes in a rich tradition of great urban, world-making writings: we might think of Isaac Babel’s Odessa stories, Saul Bellow’s Adventures of Augie March, E L Doctorow’s Ragtime or the Cromwell novels of Hilary Mantel. There’s a magical conjuring up here, a dream-building of people, place and things. Iris to me is not just a great urban novel, but maybe the best Australian city novel ever.’
– Peter Doyle, bestselling author of City of shadows and Crooks like us

‘This is wonderful – a vivid, arresting voice and amazing sense of time, place and dimension on the page. Utterly gripping. Love it.’
– Lucy Treloar, author of Salt Creek and Wolfe Island

‘McGregor’s novel is a portrait of a woman who is poor and clever, angry and passionate, courageous and loyal. Her life is circumscribed by poverty and struggle. Yet she is no victim. She is a woman of verve and spirit, who grasps the pleasures that life offers her, and lashes out when her freedom is threatened. Iris is an in-depth character study, as well as a vivid and panoramic recreation of a place and time.’
– The Times
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MOVING MASKS

April-June 2020. A performance series done in response to the first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic. On the surface humorous, Moving Masks became a project about place, and connection. It also references the long history of performative self-portraiture, with a … Continue reading

BURIED NOT DEAD

(2021) essays ***SHORTLISTED VICTORIAN PREMIERS LITERARY AWARD*** Buried Not Dead is a collection of essays on art, performance, literature, sexuality and the life of the city. It features artists, writers and activists, some internationally renowned, like Marina Abramović and Mike … Continue reading

COLLABORATIONS

The Collaborations shown in the slideshow above are: ‘Resurrection’ by Sheree Rose. With Aaron Sinclair. UNSW Galleries, for The Patient, 2016. photo: John Douglas ‘Font’ by senVoodoo Artspace, Sydney, 2007 photo: Waded ‘Arterial’ by senVoodoo, 2005 Performance Space, Sydney, 2005 … Continue reading

A NOVEL IDEA

‘A Novel Idea’, Melbourne Writers Festival, September 2019. Asked to do a performance for my photoessay A novel Idea, I presented a sort of anti-performance; a literal embodiment of the writer at work.

Resurrection

Credit: ‘Resurrection’ by Sheree Rose.With Aaron Sinclair.UNSW Galleries, for The Patient, 2016.photo: John Douglas

A NOVEL IDEA

(2019) – photoessay A photoessay which presents a unique, intimate portrait of an author at work. A tongue-in-cheek rumination on the process of novel-writing through the rubric of endurance performance. Created during the final years of the writing of Fiona’s … Continue reading

senVoodoo

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EMERGENCY

Emergency is a performance by my former company senVoodoo, co-founded with AñA Wojak in 1998. Continue reading

THE KISS

The Kiss is a performance by my former company senVoodoo.

senVoodoo was co-founded with AñA Wojak in 1998. Continue reading