About Kate

Kate is an author, essayist, and academic. Her book, Small Wrongs, a hybrid memoir about remorse in the justice system and in our everyday personal lives, will be published in June 2018 by Hardie Grant Books.

Kate’s nonfiction writing has appeared in publications including The MonthlyThe 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. She has written and directed a micro-documentary, Unnatural Deaths, about people’s experiences of forensic photography, including bereaved families’ encounters with crime scene images. It will be released in 2018.

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. 

Kate Rossmanith author, essayist, academic and writer.