Kirsten Fogg is an Australian-Canadian award-winning essayist, journalist and public speaker passionate about suicide prevention and empowering women.

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Starting something new is scary; Suicide prevention isn’t

Starting something new is scary; Suicide prevention isn’t

Since 1987, when my teenage brother died by suicide, I didn’t talk openly about him or his death to protect myself because in the beginning when I did tell people, some of them pummelled me with horrible chastising words. I don’t need to share those words with you here. If you are like me, a suicide loss survivor or a person with lived experience of suicide, you know what I mean.

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Garden Inventories by Mariam Pirbhai

Garden Inventories by Mariam Pirbhai

Garden Inventories is about so much more than green stuff. I learned about the history of parts of southern Ontario and Pakistan, about apples and roses and mulberry trees, as well as about Mughal and Persian civilisations. It made me think about my different lands and the nostalgia I carry for each of them.

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Lyrical Memoir by Sculptor Colleen Brown

Lyrical Memoir by Sculptor Colleen Brown

Colleen Brown’s first book If You Lay Down in a Field, She Will Find You There arrived in my letter box just after my own mother died. With my grieving so fresh, I wasn’t sure I could read the memoir about the author’s mother, who was murdered in 1974. However, the beautifully written vignettes and the focus on life, not death, lured me in.

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As an immigrant and an Australian I acknowledge my homeland Meanjin, also known as Brisbane, and pay my respects to the traditional custodians of the land, the Turrbal and Yuggera people, to their elders, past present and emerging. I also respectfully acknowledge the Mississaugas of the Anishinabeg, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat people, the traditional custodians of the land on which I currently live, write and walk, also called Toronto.

Kirsten Fogg

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