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.


On ‘Hotel Sorrento’, by Hannie Rayson

GR Online HANNIE RAYSON'S WELL-loved Hotel Sorrento, which premiered onstage in 1991 and was made into a feature film in 1995, explored some immediately identifiable terrain for many audiences when it first appeared. It tapped the theme of Australian ‘cultural cringe’,...

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 OnlineI wanted a different storyline for these fairytale girls with their hair of sunshine gold and lips that shame the rose, and frankly not much else going on between the ears.

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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