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Conversations I've never had

Written by Caitlin Maling


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In her debut collection, award-winning talent Caitlin Maling explores coming of age in contemporary Australia. Writing from Perth, Houston and Cambridge, Maling’s early years to adulthood are told through the lens of the Australian landscape. For young settler Australians this is a place that both defines and undermines identity. A place that claims but can’t be claimed in return. Restlessly questioning and slipping between promise and possibility, Maling’s Australia is richly evoked in narratives of raw power and feeling.

'Caitlin Maling’s Conversations I’ve never had is remarkable mainly for its gritty treatment of childhood and adolescence in Western Australia.' Canberra Times

'Maling’s combination of hardness and emotion, experience and naivety, is productive and appealing.' Weekend Australian

'These conversations are intimate glimpses of loss in which nature is pivotal to the poet’s inner dialogues. Maling’s family poems are particularly moving.' Wasafiri, Issue 86

Western Australian Premier's Book Awards (Shortlisted 2016)

ISBN 9781925162028 (Paperback)
Formats Lightning Source (203 x 133mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Pages 88
Publication Year 2015
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
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    Caitlin Maling

    Caitlin Maling is a WA poet with three books out through Fremantle Press, the latest of which is Fish Song (2019). She has also published individual poems and creative nonfiction widely in Australia and overseas. Read more