Michelle Cahill portrait

Michelle Cahill


About Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is a Goan-Anglo-Indian poet and author who lives in Sydney. Her first collection of short stories is Letter to Pessoa (Giramondo). She received the Val Vallis Award, the Hilary Mantel International Short Story Prize and has been shortlisted in several prizes including the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize. Her most recent poetry collection is The Herring Lass (Arc, UK.)


Articles about Michelle Cahill

Articles by Michelle Cahill

Who is lobbying for migrant writers?

‘It’s been my experience that the Australian literary world and the journalists who cover it overlook the more complex perspectives and needs of those who are marginalised in our literary communities.’ Michelle Cahill on the myopia of the current arts funding debate.

The Secret Maker of the World by Abbas El-Zein cover

Intimate perspectives

The vanishing of expression, voice and authorship is integral to El-Zein’s writing. There are arguments being made in The Secret Maker of the World for the aesthetic, ethical and political aspects of the encounter between world and text, though without any kind of polemic. We sympathise with the characters’ flaws and vulnerabilities, but we are never asked to excuse them.