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.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
'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)

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

    Caitlin Maling grew up in Western Australia, mainly in the suburbs around Fremantle. She moved to Melbourne to complete her BA in 2007, then to Cambridge to complete a Masters of Philosophy in Criminological Research. She returned to Perth and then left for Houston to complete an MFA in poetry, for which she received the WA Department of Culture and the Arts International Scholarship. Read more