The Hard Seed by Mary Pomfret

Friday March 29th, 6pm

The Hard Seed by Mary Pomfret

In Conversation

Mary Pomfret, author of The Hard Seed, in conversation with Zhiling Gao

With special guest Canberra poet Merlinda Bobis 


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After years of living in the harsh Australian outback, Iris Bloom returns with her ailing husband to her hometown in the south. Old memories surface and begin to disturb and haunt her. Iris tries to make sense of her murky past through her writing. But she discovers that dangerous writing can sometimes have fatal consequences. Fearing she might reveal a dark secret they buried long ago, Iris's family refuse to accept her back into the fold. After her death, Iris leaves her unpublished manuscript - dedicated to someone called Rose - in the hands of her solicitor. Iris's letters are interwoven with her stories about intriguing but deeply troubled characters. Just what is fact and what is fiction in the stories Iris leaves behind? Why does this matter so? And who is Rose? Immensely readable, this psychological mystery is both emotionally shocking, but captivating until the end. 

Mary Pomfret is an award-nominated writer. Mary's creative work has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies. Mary is inspired by the legacies of generations of women writers such as Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Alice Munro and Elizabeth Jolley. The short story form is a passion for Mary, in particular short story cycles in which stories blend, fold back and intersect with each other. 

Zhiling Gao who grew up in Inner Mongolia and now works as an interpreter, literary translator, language teacher, broadcaster and author in Melbourne. 

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