Kate Kelsen began writing short stories as a teenager in the mid 2000s, following a difficult struggle with epilepsy and learning difficulties throughout primary school. As an adult Kate has vigilantly followed her passion for writing, receiving recognition from literary awards and competitions around Australia, including the Cancer Council Literary Awards, Alan Marshall Short Story Award, and Warrambucca Books Spooky But True Competition. At twenty-one years of age Kate published her debut novel The Wilted Rose, a novel inspired by the true story of a Brisbane family’s experience with mental illness during the 1960s. Guests at the book launch included representatives from various community groups associated with the book’s subject matter, including mental health organisations and local historical societies.
In 2014 and 2015, the Hunter Writers Centre consecutively selected Kate’s entries to Grieve Writing Competition for publication in the competition’s annual anthology. In 2015 her entry, a flash fiction story titled No Questions Asked was also chosen for the inaugural Hunter Writers Centre Award. In 2015, Kate’s story The Other McEllison Boy was selected as a finalist in the Reader’s Digest 100 Word Short Story Competition.
In 2016 Kate has published a collection of short stories, titled The New Neighbors, and Paid To Dance: Stripping Past and Present, a comprehensive insight into the stripping industry. In her writing, Kate takes a particular interest in exploring various human experiences and perspectives, using her writing to help to share people’s stories in the wider community.
Kate lives in Brisbane, Queensland.