Kate Forsyth's books have been
published in Australia, the US, Canada, the UK,
Italy and Japan. She has a BA in Literature and
a MA in Writing, and has taught creative writing
primary to tertiary levels for over ten years.
She is regularly invited to appear at festivals and
around Australia, including at the Sydney, Melbourne,
Perth and Brisbane Writers Festivals.
most recent books are a series of six historical adventure
novels for upper primary students, set
in the last days of Cromwell. The books - The
Gypsy Crown, The Silver Horse, The
Herb of Grace,
The Cat's Eye Shell, The
Lightning Bolt, and
The Butterfly in Amber - follow
the adventures of two gypsy children, Luka and
Emilia, as they
to bring together six magical charms that they
hope will help save their families. Accompanied
by a fleet-footed Arab mare, a naughty little
monkey, a faithful mongrel dog and a grumpy
old dancing bear,
they encounter smugglers, witches, highwaymen,
Royalist spies, and fanatical Puritan zealots,
triumph because of their own courage and cleverness.
Kate has also written two books for lower primary,
called Dragon Gold and Wishing
For Trouble, and has
a picture book, I Am, scheduled
for release in 2007. Her fantasy novel for
young adults, The
Starthorn Tree, was shortlisted
for the Aurealis Award, the Western Australian
and the One Book, One City campaign in Brisbane. Her latest novel is The Puzzle Ring.
Kate is also a well-known fantasy writer for adults.
Several have been short-listed for the
Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction, while
first book, Dragonclaw,
was also named as one of the Best First
Novels of 1998 by Locus. In the US,
her most recently released book, The Tower
reached No 11 on the Barnes and Noble fantasy
bestsellers list, and No 23 on the national
Booktrack list. It
was given an almost unprecedented five
blue ribbons by the Romance Junkies website.
She has also written a contemporary literary novel Full Fathom Five,
published under her maiden name, Kate Humphrey, and a
collection of poetry called Radiance.
She also mentors for the ASA and the NSW Writers' Centre,
for publications such as Spectrum, The
Age, Good Reading, and Sunday Life.
Fore more information, visit www.kateforsyth.com.au
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