About

Like most writers,

I was always the kid with my nose buried in a book.

Fast forward twenty years or so and my love of words turned into a career in television journalism, where I covered stories with everyone from Miss Universe to the Prime Minister.

Then I had children, and seeing the enormity of the creativity within such tiny brains convinced me that I needed to start doing more with mine. So, I went back to uni and got myself a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and started writing fiction.

My debut novel, After the Party, was an Australian bestseller and my second book, The End of Cuthbert Close, is out in stores now.

Literary Awards and Prizes

First place: Shoalhaven Literary Award 2017
Second place: Newcastle Short Story Award (2018), Margaret River Press Short Story Award (2017)
Third place: Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose (2017 & 2015) 
Highly Commended: Scarlett Stiletto Short Story Award (2017), ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Stringybark Publishing Short Story Award (2017), Albury City Short Story Award (2017), Margaret River Press Short Story Competition (2014)
Commended: FAW Northern Region Short Story Competition (2013)
Finalist/Shortlisted: EJ Brady Mallacoota Prize (2018), Peter Carey Short Story Award (2017), Alan Marshall Short Story Award (2017), Margaret River Press Short Story Competition (2015), Cowley Literary Award (2014), Joyce Parkes Women Writers Prize (2014)

Cassie Hamer Bio