South African urban academic, Hayley Katzen talks to Cheryl Akle about her journey to finding ‘home’ on a cattle property in Northern NSW, and her beautifully written memoir about it, Untethered.
About the author:
Hayley Katzen migrated from South Africa to Australia in 1989. In Sydney, she graduated with an LLB and worked in public law and law reform before making a sea change to the North Coast of NSW to work as a law lecturer and researcher. Passionate about the power of stories, she quit law to study acting, performed in local plays and wrote and produced a play about asylum seekers. In 2005, Hayley moved to her girlfriend’s cattle farm in the Australian bush and it was here she learned the crafts of short story and essay writing and completed an MFA (Creative Writing). Her writing has won competitions, been read on ABC radio and Queerstories and been published in Australian, American and Asian journals and anthologies including Australian Book Review, Griffith Review, Southerly, Fourth Genre and Kenyon Review. Untethered is her debut memoir.