Cathy Park Kelly

Cathy Park Kelly is a writer living in Cape Town with her husband and son. She is a qualified high school English teacher with an Honours in Applied Linguistics. She has worked with people from all walks of life, from teenagers and inner city artists to business executives and prisoners. She is also an entrepreneur who sells 3D design software to support her writing workshop addiction.

Her first book, Inside Outside, a memoir of teaching juvenile offenders awaiting trial, was quoted extensively by the (then) Minister of Correctional Services in a speech. This is the closest she ever wants to get to Parliament.

She has had non-fiction essays and short stories published in several South African magazines and anthologies. In December 2021, her second memoir, Boiling a Frog Slowly, was published by Karavan Press. It has made the longlist for the prestigious Sunday Times Literary Awards 2022.

Cathy loves how stories can crack open doors and offer seams of light in the dark.

Cathy’s panel: What we know and what we learn ­– about ourselves, our families​,​ our ​history

Friday 16 September, 14.00 – 15.00 

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