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Katy is an award-winning West Australian author for both teenagers and adult readers. She has a PhD in English and Creative Writing, and has talked her way into a smorgasbord of occupations including golf course attendant, handbag seller and manager of a regional environment centre. Her young adult novels Juice and Mama’s Trippin’ were published by Fremantle Press, and her short fiction and feature articles have appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. She has recently completed a historical novel manuscript exploring the untold “female” history of the iconic French painting Chloe by Jules Joseph Lefebvre. Chloe has hung at Young and Jackson Hotel in Melbourne for more than a century, and is a much-loved cultural icon.


Katy Kell is an engaging and experienced public speaker. She has presented author talks and creative writing workshops at schools, universities, libraries, museums and festivals in Western Australia and nationally. She offers a range of motivating presentations and workshops for both primary and high school students. Katy encourages young and aspiring writers to use both words and visual imagery to create vibrant characters for their stories.
Author talks and creative writing workshops are also available for adult book clubs, conferences and writers groups.
Katy is also an experienced university creative writing tutor. She has taught a diverse range of methodologies which are applicable to literary fiction, creative non-fiction, journalism and other writing genres.

Relevant qualifications

PhD., English and Creative Writing, Murdoch University

Fiction publications:
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)
*Novel manuscript is currently embargoed

Academic Paper:
2016. “Reimagining a Melbourne Icon: Jules Lefebvre’s Chloe.”
Refereed Proceedings of Writing the Ghost Train Conference. 20th Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2015, Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0-980-7573-9-2

Recent experience

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,
Melbourne, Victoria

Guest Speaker: Chloe - An Evening of Information and Conversation
Chloe’s Bar, Young and Jackson Hotel
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, 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, Fremantle, Penguin Island and Rottnest Island, WA


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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