Kate Holden i(155 works by)
Born: Established: 1972 ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Kate Holden graduated in classics and literature from university.

While a heroin addict she began working as a prostitute in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda. Holden continued as a sex worker for some time after recovering from her drug habit.

She later gave up prostitution and enrolled in a master's degree in creative writing. She has since worked as a reviewer and writer of memoirs, which have been widely published.

Personal Awards

2007 Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships B. R. Whiting Fellowship For a six month residency at the B. R. Whiting Library, Rome, Italy, between 1 August 2008 and 31 January 2009.

Awards for Works

In My Skin : A Memoir 2005 single work autobiography "I watched the glaze of headlights, the windscreens of oncoming cars: a series of trapezoids with the silhouette of a single male driver. One pulled up in front of me; I reached over and opened the door, slid in. The smell of an unfamiliar car. A middle-aged man looking at me. 'Hi', I said. 'How are you?"...There was no single moment when someone looked at Kate Holden and said, 'Why don't you have some?' No one made her try heroin. There was only the sense, with her friends setting out on this forbidden adventure, that she would lose something if she didn't. Just once: to know. So this book is the story of a journey. From a loving family home to the streets of St Kilda; from a shy, bookish life to the ambivalent glamour of an inner-city brothel, Kate Holden describes with breathtaking lyricism and poignancy her travels in an unknown world. Contains explicit sexual scenes. (Source: Vision Australia Information and Library Service)
2006 shortlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2006 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Newcomer of the Year
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