Kali Napier joins us on the podcast to discuss her peripatetic childhood and adult roamings around the globe. From Algeria to Indonesia, Abu Dhabi to Indigenous Australia, it seems the girl named after a Hindu goddess of Time, Creation, Destruction and Power has been everywhere and done everything. Her debut novel, The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of a family’s search for belonging, and the trials and tribulations that threaten to break them apart.
Kali Napier worked in Bangladesh as an anthropologist on gender programs before working as an Aboriginal family history researcher for the Queensland government and as a Native Title anthropologist in the mid-west of Western Australia, the setting for The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge. The novel, set in the Depression, was long-listed for the Bath Novel Award as was her first manuscript – also a finalist in the Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. Kali is currently an MPhil candidate in creative writing at the University of Queensland. She now lives in Queensland with her two children.
Duration: 32 mins