Guide to the Papers of Fiona Place [MSS 210]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Fiona Place
Manuscript Number MSS 210
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 2 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Published writing and unpublished poems by Fiona Place

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Scope and Content

The papers of author Fiona Place comprise multiple draft copies of Cardboard: the Strength Thereof and Other Related Matters (later published as Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead) along with unpublished poetry, short children’s stories and an essay regarding anorexia nervosa

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Biographical Note

Fiona Place was born in 1958 in Sydney and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma in Communication and a Master of Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. She began publishing poetry in 1985, appearing in publications such as Overland, Meanjin, and Westerly. In 1989 Place won the National Book Council’s Award for New Writers for her book Cardboard: the Strength Thereof and Other Related Matters, a depiction of a woman with an eating disorder.

Place has contributed to opinion pages and had her own column in the Australian (1997-2002) related to financial literacy. As an advocate for children with intellectual disabilities, Place has written essays on motherhood, genetics and disability, and in 2019 published a memoir and examination of the politics of disability in Portrait of the Artist’s Mother: Dignity, Creativity and Disability

Austlit : Fiona Place retrieved 17 August 2020

Disability and Culture: Fiona Place retrieved 17 August 2020


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Fiona Place, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 210, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


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Related Material

A videorecording of readings by writers including Fiona Place taken in 1991 is held in the Academy Library, UNSW Canberra collection at PR 9614.3.R42


Subject Keywords



Fiona Place, 1958- — Archives

Authors, Australia — 20th century

Australian poetry – 20th century

Eating disorders — Fiction

Anorexia nervosa

Personal Names

Fiona Place, 1958-





Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

‘Scratched Sound’ - anthology of poetry

Poetry : ‘Blue Shrivelled Light’ and ‘Scratched Sound’

‘Nickel Glow’

Folder 2

‘Swashbuckled Love’

‘The Taxing of Max’

'The Cardboard : the Strength Thereof and Other Related Matters' - first draft

Folder 3

'The Cardboard : the Strength Thereof and Other Related Matters' - sixth draft (for Literary Board grant)

Folder 4

'The Cardboard : the Strength Thereof and Other Related Matters' - seventh draft


Box 2

Folder 5

'The Cardboard : the Strength Thereof and Other Related Matters' - eighth draft

Folder 6

'The Cardboard : the Strength Thereof and Other Related Matters' - ninth draft

Folder 7

'The Cardboard : the Strength Thereof and Other Related Matters' - tenth draft (incomplete), Amanda Lohrey markings

Folder 8

Short child / fairy stories

Essay regarding ‘Anorexia Nervosa’

Stephen Muecke’s comments on Chapters One (1) and Six (6)