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Kate Mildenhall
Born
Melbourne, Australia
NationalityAustralian
OccupationWriter, Podcaster, Teacher
Notable workSkylarking
Children2
Websitehttps://katemildenhall.com/

Kate Mildenhall is an Australian author, best known for her 2016 debut novel Skylarking.[1]

Personal life

Mildenhall was born in Melbourne, Australia and lived in what is described as the 'green fringe' of Melbourne. She attended Eltham High School.[2] Growing up Mildenhall wanted to be "An Oscar winning film director".[2]

Mildenhall had spent a lot of time during her teenage years camping on an isolated cape, at Point Hicks, and had even stayed in the lighthouse there.

Mildenhall currently co-hosts the First Time podcast[3] with her friend and writer Katherine Collette. Mildenhall describes the podcast as "part reality show, part writers’ master class".

Mildenhall is married with two daughters.

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Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in both Australia and Oceania. Its name generally refers to a 9,993 km2 (3,858 sq mi) metropolitan area known as Greater Melbourne, comprising an urban agglomeration of 31 local municipalities, although the name is also used specifically for the local municipality of City of Melbourne based around its central business area. The metropolis occupies much of the northern and eastern coastlines of Port Phillip Bay and spreads into the Mornington Peninsula, West Gippsland, as well as the hinterlands towards the Yarra Valley, the Dandenong and Macedon Ranges. It has a population over 5 million, mostly residing to the east side of the city centre, and its inhabitants are commonly referred to as "Melburnians".

Australia

Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It is a megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east, and mountain ranges in the south-east.

Eltham High School

Eltham High School

Eltham High School is a secondary school in Victoria, Australia. It is located in Eltham, a suburb which is north-east from Melbourne. The school has 'free dress' policy and is the only non-uniform secondary school in the Eltham area.

Point Hicks

Point Hicks

Point Hicks, is a coastal headland in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, located within the Croajingolong National Park. The point is marked by the Point Hicks Lighthouse that faces the Tasman Sea.

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Point Hicks Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on the Point Hicks headland, in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia.

Writing career

Her debut novel, Skylarking, was published in Australia by Black Inc. in 2016 and in the UK by Legend Press in 2017.[4] Skylarking was longlisted for the Voss Literary Prize (2017) and the Indie Book Awards (2017).[5] She described the process of pitching Skylarking to the Sunday Age in 2016: she had approached a speaker at the Emerging Writers Festival, then "mumbled a terrible pitch, but left with an invitation to send her my first 10,000 words. The rest is a blur, but ended in a contract with Black Inc".[6]

The novel centers around two best friends who are growing up together on an isolated Australian cape in the 1880s.[7]

The Courier-Mail, referring to the true story on which Skylarking is based, wrote "it's testament to Kate Mildenhall’s skill that you become so immersed in the lives of best friends Kate and Harriet you feel the dread, but hope it will not be so.[8] The Sydney Morning Herald review noted "Skylarking seems a rather jaunty title for a story about (unrequited) love and loss, but before we arrive at the unexpectedly tragic swerve in the narrative there's a lot of joy in Kate Mildenhall's debut".[9]

Annie Condon from Readings Monthly said of the book: "It is hard to believe that Skylarking is Kate Mildenhall's debut novel, as her ability to create both character and atmosphere is impressive".[10] Author Clare Wright described Skylarking as "historical fiction at its evocative best, while author Hannah Kent wrote that it was one of her favourite books of 2016, and stated that she hoped Mildenhall would continue to write, as she had "an abundance of talent".[11][12]

Her second novel, The Mother Fault, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2020.[13] It was shortlisted for the 2020 Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel.[14]

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Legend Press

Legend Press

Legend Press is an independent British book publisher founded in 2005 by Tom Chalmers and which specialises in mainstream trade paperback fiction. In 2011, they were shortlisted for the Independent Publisher of the Year and their books have been longlisted and shortlisted for prizes including the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, Dylan Thomas Young Writer Prize, Historical Writers Awards and Costa Book Awards.

Voss Literary Prize

Voss Literary Prize

The Voss Literary Prize is an annual award named in honour of historian Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss (1930–1963). It is awarded to the best novel published in the previous year and is managed and judged by the Australian University Heads of English. The award was originally conceived by Voss in 1955, two years before publication of Patrick White's Voss and is funded from his estate.

Indie Book Awards (Australia)

Indie Book Awards (Australia)

The Indie Book Awards are a group of awards presented annually by Australian Independent Booksellers. They were established in 2008 in order to recognise and reward the best in Australian writing, chosen by independent booksellers in Australia.

The Age

The Age

The Age is a daily newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, that has been published since 1854. Owned and published by Nine Entertainment, The Age primarily serves Victoria, but copies also sell in Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and border regions of South Australia and southern New South Wales. It is delivered both in print and digital formats. The newspaper shares some articles with its sister newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Courier-Mail

The Courier-Mail

The Courier-Mail is an Australian newspaper published in Brisbane. Owned by News Corp Australia, it is published daily from Monday to Saturday in tabloid format. Its editorial offices are located at Bowen Hills, in Brisbane's inner northern suburbs, and it is printed at Murarrie, in Brisbane's eastern suburbs. It is available for purchase throughout Queensland, most regions of Northern New South Wales and parts of the Northern Territory.

Clare Wright

Clare Wright

Clare Alice Wright, is an American Australian historian, author and broadcaster. She is a professor of history at La Trobe University, and was the winner of the 2014 Stella Prize. Wright has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant, and radio and television broadcaster and podcaster.

Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent is an Australian writer, known for two novels – Burial Rites (2013) and The Good People (2016). Her third novel, Devotion, was published in 2021.

Source: "Kate Mildenhall", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Mildenhall.

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References
  1. ^ "Kate Mildenhall". Brisbane Writers Festival. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Kate Mildenhall on Skylarking: I sobbed writing the end of this book. - The Booktopian". The Booktopian. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Literary adventures". IRMA GOLD. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ Mildenhall, Kate (2016). Skylarking. Carlton VIC: Black Inc. ISBN 9781863958301.
  5. ^ On, Thuy (29 July 2016). "Skylarking review: Kate Mildenhall's historical novel of girls' friendship". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Secrets of our success". Sunday Age. 14 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Skylarking, a novel inspired by tragedy". ABC Radio National. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Skylarking". The Courier-Mail. 22 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Skylarking review: Kate Mildenhall's historical novel of girls' friendship". 29 July 2016. Sydney Morning Herald. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall". www.readings.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  11. ^ "The ones we have loved". The Canberra Times. 9 December 2017.
  12. ^ "The best Australian books of 2016: writers choose their favourites". The Guardian. 17 December 2016.
  13. ^ Mildenhall, Kate (2 September 2020). The Mother Fault. ISBN 978-1-76085-447-8.
  14. ^ "Aurealis Awards 2020 finalists announced". Books+Publishing. 6 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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