Cate Kennedy


Cate Kennedy’s novel The World Beneath won the People’s Choice Award at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010.

She is also the author of two award-winning story collections, Dark and Like a House on Fire; a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry: A Mexican Journal; and three collections of poetry, including The Taste of River Water, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry.


Former glory

FictionNOBODY PUT A ‘for sale’ sign in front of the only good building in town. Whoever had it on the market judged, correctly, that there’d be no passing traffic and no local business interest. They advertised it discreetly on...

The princesses

GR OnlineYOU REMEMBER THE illustrations. Willowy young girls with long elegant hands, their brows knotted with genteel suffering. Girls who are broad of forehead and long of tress, dressed in complicated, Raphaelite dresses. Slim and dark-eyed heroines, with their clavicles...

A glimpse of paradise

FictionI WAS HEAD over heels about Steven, and that’s the truth. And having such a spectacular house didn’t hurt either, so far removed from my one-bedroom apartment that it was hard not to show my covetousness for it right...

The night sky from the surface of Mars

PoetryWell, first off, it’s not home. Your sharp intake of breath  tells you that, as you clock the horizon-to-horizon stars  from the Mars robot’s black-bubble swivelling eye all is uncanny: the planet’s surface cold and empty as death, and the surface of Mars like...

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