As an arts student and volunteer editor for Underground Writers, Kate took a particular interest in exploring The Valley by Steve Hawke. A Bachelor of Arts student with a double major in English and Writing, this is Kate’s first podcast for Fremantle Press.
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Subiaco in a house nestled amongst weatherboard cottages. I love living in Perth despite the heat in summer. One of my favourite spots growing up was Lake Jualbup. As a child, I loved running barefoot through the dry grass and exploring the banks of the lake.
What do you do now?
I'm currently working on my Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Writing and a minor in Editing and Publishing.
What kind of books do you like to read?
Everything! I try to broaden my horizons and not write off a book because of its genre; however, I do have a soft spot for children's books.
Who are your favourite authors?
Richard Yates, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Cory Taylor ... I fear this list will go on and on, but any book that makes me pause for a moment whilst reading it is an author I look out for in the bookshop.
Do you write? If so, what kind of writing do you do?
I do write, and I'm currently trying to move into writing humorous short stories and plays.
How was it recording your first podcast?
I was initially terrified, but everyone was lovely and made my nerves quickly disappear!
How did you get involved with the Fremantle Press podcast?
I am a volunteer editor for Underground Writers and heard through our marketing manager, Jess Gately, that Fremantle Press was looking for someone to review Steve Hawke's book, The Valley. I had been eagerly awaiting the release of The Valley, so I jumped at the opportunity to read it and meet Steve!
What do you think of the literature industry in WA?
To date, my personal dealings have only been with Fremantle Press. One of my earliest memories was my mum reading me an Indigenous story published by Fremantle Press. I remember how vivid the colours were and the joy of making my mum read it over and over again.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I have two labradors, Marmie and Ref, who indulge me by letting me to finish one more chapter before going for their walk.