Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven and has now sold more than a million books worldwide.
She has won many awards, including the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction for Bitter Greens, a retelling of ‘Rapunzel’ interwoven with the dramatic true-life story of the woman who first wrote the tale; and The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm brothers’ famous fairy tales, which was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013.
She has also written The Blue Rose, which is set in Revolutionary France and Imperial China, and was inspired by the true story of the quest for a blood-red rose; and Beauty in Thorns, a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ told in the voices of the Pre-Raphaelite sisterhood. Kate’s books for children include the collection of fairy-tale retellings Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women, which won a silver medal in the 2018 US Readers Favorite book awards, and its sequel, The Buried Moon & Other Tales of Bright Young Women.
Kate also won the 2017 William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism, and was recently awarded the prestigious Nancy Keesing Fellowship by the State Library of NSW to research and write a biography of her ancestor, Charlotte Waring Atkinson, the author of the first book for children published in Australia.
Kate has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a Doctorate of Creative Arts, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers.
Speaking at: How to Survive and Thrive as a Writer in the 21st Century, Saturday 10.10 – 11.00 in Ken Wade Theatre