Molly Murn

Molly Murn and book cover

Kangaroo Island, Grass Trees & Living History: finding Heart of the Grass Tree?

Short listed Indie Book Awards debut fiction Heart of the Grass Tree  (Penguin Australia) is a searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history.

When Pearl’s grandmother Nell dies unexpectedly, Pearl, her mother Diana and sister Lucy – returning to Kangaroo Island to mourn Nell are pulled apart by grief. They are brought back to each other as Pearl pulls together the scraps Nell left behind – her stories, poems, and paintings – and unearths a connection to the island’s early history, of the early European sealers and their first contact with the Ngarrindjeri people.

Molly Murn is a South Australian poet and author. Her poetry has won several awards including a commendation in the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets. In 2013 Molly was the recipient of a Varuna Publisher Fellowship and was shortlisted for the inaugural Overland Residency in 2019. Molly holds a Bachelor of Dance, a Master of Creative Arts, and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Flinders University. She lives in the Adelaide Hills and is Manager at the independent Matilda Bookshop.

WHEN: Thursday 26 March 6 for 6.30pm.

WHERE: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

ENTRY: $10 at the door. Students free.   Complimentary glass of wine.

BOOKINGS: by Tuesday 24 March to  or phone 8313 6356