Reaching One Thousand: a story of love, motherhood and autism

Reissued 30 April 2018

Reaching One Thousand charts Rachel’s quest to understand autism and to build a new kind of relationship with her son. Along the way she explores her own childhood, discovering unexpected links between Ben’s experiences and her own. Before she can presume to tell Ben’s story, she realises, she must face difficult questions – questions about intimacy, trust, and what it means for a mother to write about her child.

Our life stories are obscure to us. We write to try to understand them: even then, they may remain mysterious.

Dangerous Ideas about Mothers

Forthcoming 1 September 2018

Edited by Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson, Dangerous Ideas about Mothers is a collection of 17 essays about the mothering. The essays fall into three sections – dangerous dilemmas, dangerous experiences and dangerous stories – with contributors such as Anne Manne, Maria Tumarkin, Danielle Wood, Timmah Ball, Christina Fernandes and Quinn Eades. Published by UWA Publishing.

What is an out of sync mother, I wonder? Is she a woman who never fits in?

Rachel Robertson / Author, Editor & Academic

I am a West Australian writer and senior lecturer at Curtin University. I teach creative non-fiction, professional writing and publishing. Before becoming an academic, I worked in community education, book publishing, and as a freelance researcher, writers and editor. You can contact me here.

My creative work – poetry, short fiction and essays – has been published in a range of journals and anthologies, including Griffith Review, Best Australian Essays, Island, Westerly, Meanjin, Axon: Creative Explorations and Life Writing.

My academic research interests include creative writing pedagogy, Australian literature, creative non-fiction, life writing, critical disability studies and ethics. See here for a list of selected publications. I currently supervise postgraduate students working in areas such as human rights, fiction, memoir, travel writing, history and feminism.