Hello, my name is Cassie Lynch and I am a writer, researcher and consultant living in Perth, Western Australia. I am a descendant of the Noongar people whose ancestral lands comprise the south west and south coast of Western Australia. I am currently researching a creative PhD investigating Aboriginal memory of deep time climate events such as ice ages and sea-level rise. I write poetry, short stories, essays and am currently working on a novel. In July 2020 I won the 2019 Patricia Hackett Prize for my poems titled ‘Five Haiku‘, presented by Westerly Magazine.
In 2019 I was the creative writer on Five Short Blasts Fremantle, a sonic art piece presented by Perth Festival that responds to the Derbarl Yerrigan/Swan River. Festival patrons travelled in flotillas of yellow boats up the river and listened to an audio track of woven histories provided by locals who have a relationship with the water there. I was commissioned to write and perform the creative piece ‘Riverland’ for the patrons to hear alongside the testimonies. You can watch a livestream of the 70 minute boat journey here and read a review here and here.
You can listen to one of my stories called ‘Float’ here, which imagines Perth as a floating city in the sky. It was recorded with ambient effects by Mei Swan Lim for the Deep Heritage exhibition at Cool Change Contemporary in June 2019. You can read my Artspace article about decolonisation here. You can read my article about doomsday preppers and Noongar memory of the last ice age here. You can read my short piece ‘Ricochet’ here in Westerly’s Ancestor’s Words special online edition. You can read my short story ‘Iridium’ about extinction and resilience in the ‘Other Suns’ zine here. You can listen to me as a podcast guest on ABC’s Kids Listen show Little Yarns where I share Noongar language in three episodes: Whale In Noongar, Honey Possum in Noongar, and Shore in Noongar.
You can purchase the ‘Stories of Perth’ anthology here which has my story ‘Split’ in it, which is about the swamps beneath Perth City re-emerging in deep time.
I learn LOTE Noongar with moorditj yok Sharon Gregory, a qualified Aboriginal language teacher and Whadjuk woman (https://noongarlanguage.com.au). I learn my south coast dialect from my Wirlomin Noongar family.
I am the artistic director and programmer for Woylie Fest, an all-Aboriginal storytelling festival for kids and teens. The inaugural festival ran over Easter in 2018, and ran again in July 2019. In 2020 Woylie Fest has expanded to include the Woylie Project, a writer’s development program that will get more Noongar stories into print and facilitate Noongar community members to read their stories in schools and festivals.
I am a frequent host, panel guest, and arts facilitator, and have previously worked with PICA, the Art Gallery of WA, Perth Writer’s Festival, City of Perth, Community Arts Group, and local book stores.
You can check out my Instagram @coastal_carnivore and my Twitter @Cassie_A_Lynch to see what i’m currently up to. Thanks for visiting!