Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon grew up in a small town by the sea in Tasmania.

Her first book, Three Things About Daisy Blue was published in the Girlfriend series by Allen and Unwin in 2010. Her second book, Thyla, was published by Random House Australia in April 2011 and her third book, Vulpi, the sequel to Thyla, was published in April 2012. Kate was the recipient of 2011 and 2012 Arts Tasmania Assistance to Individuals grants.

Writing Clementine was published in June 2014 by Allen and Unwin. It received the 2016 IBBY Ena Noel Award and was published in the German language by Random House, Germany. In 2018, Kate was shortlisted in the Dorothy Hewett Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was commended in the 2018 Vogel’s Awards.

The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn was published by UQP, in 2020. Megan Daley called the book “‘Just exquisite”. Magpies Magazine called it “Haunting and beautiful”. It was a CBCA Honour Book in 2021. Its companion books, The Ballad of Melodie Rose and The Calling of Jackdaw Hollow were published in 2021 and 2023.

The Juno Jones, Word Ninja books are a junior fiction series about books, friendship, alien lizard men, killer mermaids and an adventurous girl who definitely does not like reading. They are out now from Yellow Brick Books.

Girl Running, Boy Falling was released with Rhiza Edge in 2018. It is a story about grief, family, mental health and friendship, set in a small town in Tasmania. It has been long-listed in the 2019 CBCA Awards.

In 2019, Kate had her first picture book, Bird on a Wire, published by Hardie Grant. Her second picture book, Amira’s Magpie, was published in 2021.

Aster’s Good, Right Things was published by Yellow Brick Books in November, 2020. The companion novels, Xavier in the Meantime and Indigo in the storm were published in 2021 and 2023. Aster’s Good, Right Things was the winner of the CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers in 2021. It was shortlisted in the Tasmanian Literary Awards in 2022.

Whalesong was published by Yellow Brick Books in 2022, following Kate’s residency at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

Kate continues to write novels and picture books from a cottage overlooking the river and the
mountain, on the Eastern Shore of Hobart. She has two daughters, an elderly cat and a very silly labradoodle.

Books by Kate Gordon

  • Published: 2023

  • Published: 2022

  • Published: 2022