Parting Words/The Secrets at Ocean's Edge


Cass Moriarty + Kali Napier

Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland

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Cass Moriarty

Cass Moriarty

Cass Moriarty’s debut novel The Promise Seed, published by University of Queensland Press in 2015, was longlisted for the 2017 Dublin International Literary Award, and shortlisted for both the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award) and the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards (Emerging Author category). Her second novel Parting Words was released by University of Queensland Press in August 2017. Both novels explore the silences and secrets in families, and both feature themes of betrayal, loyalty, loss, grief and forgiveness.

In September 2017 Cass received a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts towards her third novel. Her writing has been published regularly in The Saturday Paper over the last 12 months. She is a writing mentor, including through the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) Writer’s Surgery program. She has presented writing workshops through the QWC and Brisbane City Council Libraries. Cass has a Bachelor of Communications degree from Queensland University of Technology and has worked in marketing and public relations.

She lives in Brisbane and has six children.

Kali Napier

Kali Napier

Determined to be a writer since early childhood, Kali enrolled in a creative writing degree at Curtin University at age 16, but dropped out for a lack of ‘life experience’. For 22 years, life experience got in the way of writing her own stories. Instead, in Bangladesh, she documented the impact of development interventions on women’s lives, and, on Yamatji country in Western Australia, she listened to Native Title claimants’ stories to draft connection reports.

Moving to Queensland, Kali worked as a family history researcher for the Community and Personal Histories Unit of the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs. Here, she became a storyteller, piecing together multigenerational family sagas full of secrets, trauma, and loss, from fragments in the archives.   In 2013, she returned to creative writing. Her first manuscript was selected in the QWC/ Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program in 2015.

In 2016, two of her manuscripts were longlisted in the Bath Novel Award in 2016. The second manuscript was contracted by Hachette Australia, and released as The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge in January 2018. She is currently an MPhil candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland, exploring the poetics of dress in historical fiction.  

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Dr Aurelia Armstrong

Dr Aurelia Armstrong

Dr Aurelia Armstrong's research interests include: history of philosophy; Spinoza; Nietzsche; Foucault; Modern European philosophy; Social and Political philosophy; and Gender studies. She is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at UQ.

Ben Hobson

Ben Hobson

Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane and is entirely keen on his wife, Lena, and their two small boys, Charlie and Henry. He also has a superb pooch named Lincoln, which Charlie forced him to write about in his biography. He currently teaches English and Music at Queensland High School, and has a keen interest in philosophy, theology, and cooking. Born in Gippsland, Victoria, Ben grew up surrounded by the sights and smells of the country. His early interest in creativity saw him pursue music both academically and artistically, graduating from QUT in 2011 with a degree, and travelling the country with Sounds Like Chicken, a ska/rock/hardcore hybrid. In 2014 his novella, If the Saddle Breaks My Spine, was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella prize, run by Seizureonline. His short fiction has been published by Tiny Owl Workshop, Firewords Quarterly, and Midnight Echo. To Become a Whale, his debut novel, was released in June 2017, by Allen & Unwin, to extremely positive reviews.

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