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Katrina Kell was born in Scotland and moved to Australia as a child. Her award-winning writing includes historical fiction, young adult novels, short fiction, poetry, essays, and journalism.
A vivid and unforgettable dream was the inspiration for Chloé. The unpublished manuscript of the novel won an Australian Society of Authors Award Mentorship, and Katrina’s PhD thesis, Capturing Chloé: Reimagining a Melbourne Icon, explores the myths and volatile history of the iconic nude painting and its model.
Katrina is an Honorary Research Associate at Murdoch University. She lives and works in Boorloo (Perth) on the unceded lands of the Whadjuk Noongar People.


Katy Kell is an engaging and experienced public speaker. She is available for author talks, book club events, creative writing workshops, and writing festivals. She has presented at literary festivals and academic conferences, both nationally and internationally, and loves sharing her love of reading and writing and the fascinating research journeys behind her novels.

Relevant qualifications

PhD., English and Creative Writing, Murdoch University

Fiction publications:
Chloé (forthcoming 2024) Echo Publishing/Bonnier Books UK
Winner: Australian Society of Authors Award Mentorship (Unpublished Manuscript)
Mama's Trippin' (2006). Fremantle Press. YA novel.
Shortlisted: West Australian Premier's Book Awards, Young Adult Novels; Shortlisted: West Australian Young Readers' Book Awards, Older Readers.
Juice (2000). Fremantle Press. YA novel.
Winner: Avis Page Award, West Australian Young Readers' Book Awards 2002.
Fisherman's Rib (1995) Cliff Street Publishing. Short story published in Every Colour but Blue.

Short Fiction Award
Winner: KSP Science Fiction and Fantasy Award 1995. Douppioni. Short story.

PhD Thesis:
Capturing Chloe: Reimagining a Melbourne Icon
(comprising a historical novel manuscript and an exegesis)
*Currently embargoed

Recent experience

Guest Speaker: Walking With Tricksters
Wonderland Exhibition Talk
WA Museum Boola Bardip
Boorloo (Perth)

Conference Speaker: 11th George Moore International Conference
Paper: George Moore, Verlaine and Rimbaud: Reviving Edwin Dayne as a
Fictional Character
University of Limerick

Conference Speaker: 10th International George Moore Conference
Paper: George Moore and the Antipodes: Demythologising an Australian Icon
University of Almeria, Andalusia, Spain

Guest Speaker: Researching Historical Fiction
Rockingham Writers Convention, Mary Davies Library, Baldivis, WA

Guest Speaker: Capturing Chloe - A Creative and Theoretical Exploration
Keynote address: AGM of The Association of French Teachers in Victoria,
Naarm (Melbourne), Victoria

Guest Speaker: Chloe - An Evening of Information and Conversation
Chloe’s Bar, Young and Jackson Hotel
Naarm (Melbourne), Victoria

Guest Speaker: Working with Indigenous Histories
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture Day
Culture and the Arts WA/Department of Education
State Library of Western Australia, Boorloo (Perth), WA

Writer-in-Residence/Co-Project Designer.
Our Story Islands: A Cross-cultural Narrative Journey
AIR Grants Program: Creative Education Partnerships - Artist-In-Residence Initiative
(Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, Culture and the Arts WA and Education Department of Western Australia)
Safety Bay, Walyalup (Fremantle), Penguin Island and Wadjemup (Rottnest Island), WA




Publisher: Echo Publishing/Bonnier Books UK

Publ. date: 2024

Genre: Historical Fiction

Mama's Trippin'

Mama's Trippin'

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publ. date: 2006

Genre: Young Adult Literature



Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publ. date: 2000

Genre: Young Adult Literature

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