Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

10 ENTRIES Cate Kennedy is the author of Dark Roots and The World Beneath. She writes poetry, short stories and novels, and has written for the New Yorker.



LATEST


nation_reviewed

The battle for the seat of Indi

Cathy McGowan had the edge in her electorate thanks to her following basic rural etiquette: show up, and be nice

Show day

The chief judge in the wool-classing division at our local agricultural show hails us excitedly as we come through the main gates. “When you get a chance, get down and see the entries in the wool pavilion,” he says. “They’re just top quality ... …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Culture

Whirlpool

“Mum says you better get inside right now.” Louise is already getting ready for the photo: she has one big hot-roller pinned to the top of her head and two small ones at each side, and she’s applied the skin-tinted Clearasil to the faint outbreaks …

'What the Family Needed', By Steven Amsterdam, Sleepers Publishing, 280pp; $24.95

Culture

‘What the Family Needed’ by Steven Amsterdam

Steven Amsterdam’s award-winning 2009 debut, Things We Didn’t See Coming, heralded the arrival of a richly comic, original and utterly assured new voice. In his second book, Amsterdam again deploys a discontinuous narrative technique, presenting …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

Homing truths

Craig and Jarrod Boord are in their studio showing me footage of their film, Fast, Feathered and Fearless – a full-length feature documentary about pigeon racing. Onscreen, a middle-aged man is standing in front of a pigeon loft. “My name …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

Mortal coil

Rhys Gloury is checking through some large clip-lock plastic storage boxes in his shed. Except for the neatly symmetrical holes drilled in their lids, the stacks of boxes could just as well contain old tax returns. “Here we go,” he says, lifting …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Culture

Saga

It’s one minute past midnight and we are gathered, hushed, in our thousands across the country, trembling in anticipation like a coven of die-hard cultists. Or perhaps that should be Twi-hard, because the altar at which we are here to worship is one …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Culture

Small-time big top

Perry Bros Circus has set up again at the showgrounds in town, its familiar red and yellow striped tent rising like a rare winter flower behind the Saturday footy match. Its two elephants, Minyak and Saigon, don’t perform anymore; they’re just for …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

Open market

Once Kevin Rudd’s $10.4-billion bonus found its way into Australians’ bank accounts, malls and mega-marts across the land were reportedly swamped with eager spenders in the days leading up to Christmas. Sure, we grasped the implications of the global …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Culture

Divertimento

Dave's late for the morning rehearsal because he has to shift a fallen branch off a fence in the far paddock before any cattle escape onto the road, but finally his ute pulls up outside. He kicks off his boots and comes in brushing dirt and bark off his …