I’m a writer whose passion is historical fiction. My first novel manuscript, Songs of All Poets, was selected for the QWC/ Hachette Manuscript Development Program in 2015 and longlisted in the 2016 Bath Novel Award.

My second manuscript, An Emu War, was also longlisted in the 2016 Bath Novel Award. Hachette Australia will publish it as my debut novel in February 2018. It is set in mid-west Western Australia during the Depression.

Photo credit: Carolyn Nowicki

I’m a Western Australian first, and an Australian second, though I now live in the eastern states. My parents married in Delhi. Hence my name Kali, destroyer of worlds. It was the seventies. I led a peripatetic childhood, growing up in rural England, Abu Dhabi, Algeria and Indonesia.

As an adult I continued to roam, and lived and worked in Bangladesh and Indigenous Australia as an anthropologist.

My journey towards being a writer has been circuitous, following a lengthy interruption. After studying first year creative writing at Curtin University, I left Australia at 17 so that I could have ‘life experience’ to write about. There was a little too much grist, and I didn’t put pen to paper again until Songs of All Poets.

I am currently studying creative writing at The University of Queensland, supervised by the inimitable Kim Wilkins. And I have two beautiful and utterly ratbag children.

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