Fiona McGregor is a Sydney author and performance artist. She writes novels, essays, articles and reviews, most of which can be accessed here. Since 1993, she has published 5 books. In June 2019, Giramondo will publish her 6th, the photoessay A Novel Idea.
Fiona’s latest novel, Indelible Ink, is a family saga featuring a mother who loses it, finds it, but can’t take it with her. It’s a love/hate song to Sydney, a savage indictment of middle-class conservatism, cultural whiteness and Australian affluenza. Indelible Ink won Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for other awards. It was published in the UK by Atlantic, and in French translation by Actes-Sud in March 2019.
Fiona’s travel memoir Strange Museums can currently be purchased through this site. All her previous books won or were shortlisted for prizes, including the Steele Rudd Award for best book of short stories to Suck My Toes. Suck My Toes has been re-issued by Scribe as an ebook entitled Dirt, along with Au Pair.
Forthcoming is a collection of non-fiction going back 25 years, mainly focussed on performance and Sydney’s queer underground. Fiona is also working on a series of novels based on the life of Iris Webber, queer petty criminal active in Sydney’s sly-grog era through the 1930s-1950s.
Fiona’s performance art began with collaborations at alternative parties and fetish events. She moved to a solo practice in 2007, creating work in galleries, at festivals, as interventions, and in nature.
Her work tends to the endurance and durational forms, using both video and live actions. You Have the Body, a meditation on unlawful detention, toured in 2008-09, and was acclaimed in the four Australian cities in which it was presented, including being voted Show of the Year by theatre critic James Waites. In 2009, it was produced by UK performance artist Michael Mayhew at ART Studio, Manchester, UK.
Vertigo at MOP in February 2011 marked the Australian debut of Water Series, which continued with a major show at Artspace from 1-20 November of the same year. Group shows include ‘Same River Twice’, 2014, and ‘Performance Presence/Video Time’ 2015, both at Australian Experimental Art Foundation. In 2016, McGregor performed with American artist Sheree Rose at UNSW Galleries as part of ‘The Patient’, curated by Bec Dean.