Cate Kennedy


Cate Kennedy
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.



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Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Homing truths

Society

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.

Mortal coil

Society

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.

Saga

Culture

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.

Small-time big top

Culture

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.

Open market

Society

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.

Divertimento

Culture

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 …



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