Kate is an author, essayist, and academic. Her book, Small Wrongs, a work of hybrid nonfiction about remorse in the justice system and in our everyday personal lives, has drawn praise from leading writers and thinkers, and has been described as 'memoir-writing at its best' (Sydney Morning Herald).
Kate’s nonfiction writing has appeared in publications including The Monthly, The Australian, and Best Australian Essays 2007. Her essays about the people who work, and find themselves caught up, in the criminal justice system have been used to teach the community about sentencing and parole processes, and have informed the working practices of judges and parole authorities. In 2018 she wrote, directed and narrated a micro-documentary, Unnatural Deaths, about people’s experiences of forensic photography, which was published by The Guardian.
Kate holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, and has a background in theatre and anthropology, with an ongoing interest in memory, enactment, and experience. She is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at Macquarie University where she teaches creative nonfiction writing. She lives amongst bushland in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and daughter.