Longlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize

Metal Fish, Falling Snow – Cath Moore

Fiction · Text Publishing

Metal Fish, Falling Snow

About the book

“This is a novel for both young and old; a brilliant and heartfelt work of Australian fiction.”

– 2021 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Cath Moore

Cath Moore is a freelance writer, award winning filmmaker and educator of Afro Caribbean and Anglo Irish heritage. She has written for The Age, Huffington Post Australia and SBS Life and has also worked as a story developer for screen content. Cath is a published academic with a PhD in Danish screenwriting practices. She was a contributor to the anthology Growing Up African in Australia and is currently working on her second novel. Cath teaches creative writing at The University of Melbourne.

Further Reading


“A brilliant debut…Metal Fish, Falling Snow carries the pain of loss, the nuances of race and the longing for family, and interprets the world anew with immense literary skill and just a little bit of magic.” The Saturday Paper

“[A] beautiful and tender novel exploring themes of familial legacies, finding a place to belong, grief, and what it means to be an Australian of mixed heritage.” Sam van Zweden, Kill Your Darlings

“A remarkable creation…Metal Fish, Falling Snow is a young adult novel…but given the timeliness of its themes and the beauty of its prose, it would be a shame for adult readers to miss out.” Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian


Read ‘Finding by voice: I no longer ‘other’ myself in my writing’ by Cath Moore, SBS

Read ‘The MWF Interview: Cath Moore’ via the Melbourne Writers Festival blog

Listen to ‘Metal Fish, Falling Snow’ on ABC’s The Drawing Room

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