Phoebe Tay

Pheobe Tay
Pheobe Tay

I'm a teacher of the Deaf. I enjoy teaching literacy and numeracy to Deaf children. In my spare time I like to write about various topics and have had articles published. I love attending writers' festivals. I believe it helps me to stretch my mind and learn new things. I also enter writing competitions when I can to motivate myself.

I am passionate about people's stories of encouragement, Deaf perspectives as well as multiculturalism. In my writing, I seek opportunities to present a myriad of topics such as travel, food, special events and personal stories of my own as well as other people.

Phoebe Tay's articles

The cover of the book entitled The Emerging Writer.

The Emerging Writer's Festival was the first time having Deaf speakers at a book launch in Australia.

Ever been to a writer's festival launch where there was a Deaf MC and Deaf guest speakers? This year the organisers of the Emerging Writer's Festival actually made it happen for the very first time. There was a Deaf writer who contributed an article to The Emerging Writer book which was launched during the event.
2 comments - last comment on 24/08/2013
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Edan Chapman is a photographer and film maker with Usher's Syndrome.

Edan Chapman is a photographer and filmmaker. He has Usher's Syndrome but does not allow his condition to limit him from achieving his dreams. His life story so far is nothing short of inspiring.
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Girl using a type writer whilst sitting cross legged on the floor

Developing your writing skills can lead to great opportunities

As I look back on the past year, I ask myself What have I learnt as a writer? and How have I grown as a result of my experiences? The year 2012 brought many surprising opportunities for me to develop my writing skills and to grow as a writer in unexpected ways. Many doors were opened, giving me clear direction for 2013 to pursue my Masters in Writing and Literature at Deakin University.
2 comments - last comment on 23/02/2013
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Percussion instruments for children enrolled in Musica Viva

Looking at the title you might ask, can Deaf children participate in musical activities if they are unable to hear? Can they benefit from music education in their schools? The answer is "Yes". This story highlights how one Deaf school in Melbourne has successfully started a music program for these students and how they have progressed by leaps and bounds.
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Students with disabilities are held back.

A Victorian report has found six out of ten students with a disability are bullied at school. It also found half of all students with a disability and their parents reported discrimination at school. The report is by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. It looked at how students with disabilities are coping in government, Catholic and independent schools throughout Victoria. More than 1,800 students, parents and educators were involved in the study. There are more than 100,000 students with disabilities in Victorian schools.
1 comment - on 15/10/2012
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Ross signing his story during the performance.
Ross signing his story during the performance.

Ross told stories of his travels.

I went to some writing workshops for Deaf people this month. I learned a lot about writing. Together we shared our stories with each other and what it was like growing up Deaf. We then presented our stories to an audience at this year's Melbourne Writer's Festival. We were encouraged by the positive reaction from the audience. I really enjoyed the night and if I ever have the opportunity to do this again, I would.
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Craig and Andrew sitting in a cafe. Craig is leaning in with his arm around Andrew.
Craig and Andrew sitting in a cafe. Craig is leaning in with his arm around Andrew.

Craig (left) and Andrew (right)

Andrew and Craig are best friends. They are both Deaf. They first met in primary school when Andrew was a new student. Craig showed him around the school. They played cricket together and became good friends. Andrew's first language was Australian Sign Language. Craig and his family used speech and lip reading to communicate. Craig learned a little sign language from Andrew's family. Andrew learned how to better lip read with Craig's family. The boys stayed friends throughout high school and university. Today they live in different states but are still the best of friends.
2 comments - last comment on 31/08/2012
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A painting of Napoleon Bonaparte on a horse.

Paintings highlight his victory and power.

Last week I went to an exhibition called Napoleon, Revolution to Empire. The exhibition is about the famous military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. On show are beautiful French paintings, maps, traditional artefacts and royal clothing. Visitors get an understanding of French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s. They also learn about Napoleon's life and how he influenced Europe. There are excellent audio guides to the entire exhibition for people who are Deaf. I recommend this exhibition to everyone. It's at the National Gallery of Victoria until 7 October.
1 comment - on 20/07/2012
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The heads of two badmington racquets.
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Watching bandmington was a higlight.

I have just returned from the Asia Pacific Deaf Games that were in South Korea. I had a fantastic time. The opening ceremony was entertaining and memorable. There were traditional and modern dance performances and a martial arts show. The highlight of the ceremony was when the athletes walked into the stadium each carrying their country's flag. All the athletes were very happy. During the games I watched basketball and badminton matches. The audiences were always excited. I met many people during the games from countries such as Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. We will keep in contact with each other.
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Michael Louey playing table tennis.
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Michael Louey is a table tennis champion.

Michael Louey is a table tennis champion. He is competing in the Asia Pacific Deaf Games in South Korea that will run until June. As a teenager Michael was very good at many sports. He started to play table tennis at the age of 15. He has played and won many local, national and international competitions. He won three gold medals at the Australian Deaf Games earlier this year. He hopes to win a medal in South Korea. Michael says table tennis can be a life-long sport. He says young Deaf people should play sports.
2 comments - last comment on 30/05/2012