Kate graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from VUW in 2000. Her MA project was her first novel, Breakwater. Kate has also published short fiction, poetry and reviews for a variety of journals and publications including as Takahē, Landfall, Sport, The Penguin Book of the Contemporary New Zealand Short Story, The Six Pack and New Zealand Books.
In 2017 Kate completed her PhD in Creative Writing at the IIML. Her creative project for that degree was her novel The New Ships, which went on to be shortlisted for the Acorn Fiction Prize at the Ockham Book Awards. Her critical project looked at ethics and point of view in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.
During her residency, our eleventh for the year, Kate is working on a collection of short fiction around the themes of parents and children, separation and distance, the nature of community and the boundaries and borders we police in order to define belonging.