Podcast: Hayley Katzen on Finding her Place in the World

Podcast: Hayley Katzen on Finding her Place in the World

 

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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 ReviewUntethered is her debut memoir.

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Untethered Author, Hayley Katzen on the Books that Helped her Adjust to Life in Australia

Review | Author Related

2 June 2020

Untethered Author, Hayley Katzen on the Books that Helped her Adjust to Life in Australia

    Untethered Author, Hayley Katzen on Watching the Moon Rise Through Spotty Gums

    Review | Author Related

    26 May 2020

    Untethered Author, Hayley Katzen on Watching the Moon Rise Through Spotty Gums

      Take a Sneak Peek at Hayley Katzen's Brave and Beautifully Written Memoir, Untethered

      Review | Extract

      25 May 2020

      Take a Sneak Peek at Hayley Katzen's Brave and Beautifully Written Memoir, Untethered

        Untethered by Hayley Katzen is a Wonderful, Intelligent, Brave Memoir

        Review | Our Review

        25 May 2020

        Untethered by Hayley Katzen is a Wonderful, Intelligent, Brave Memoir

          Synopsis

          But this is no happy-ever-after tree change. Lecture halls, law reform and the arts are replaced with castrating calves, shovelling manure, fire-fighting and anti-gas blockades. In a place that attracts people who live by their own rules, Hayley must confront her limitations and preconceptions to forge her own identity.Set in the unpredictable beauty of the Australian landscape, and told with Hayley Katzen's compelling candour and rigour, Untethered charts one migrant's search for home. Part love story and part off-the-grid adventure, Untethered is a powerful reminder that home can be found in many forms - in love, in family and friends, in ideologies and political movements, in landscapes and communities, and ultimately, in ourselves.
          Hayley Katzen
          About the author

          Hayley Katzen

          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 practised 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.

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