Born: Established: 12 Nov 1961 Singapore ;
Kerry Kilner was born in Singapore and lived there for less than a year. Her father was an officer in the Australian Defence Forces and as a result she lived in numerous places along the eastern seaboard of Australia during a peripatetic childhood.
Kilner began tertiary study as a mature age student in her 20s. She completed an Honours degree in literature (1992) and a Masters degree in Women's Studies at Monash University in 1994. Her Master's work investigated the role of women in the Australian little theatre movement of the 1920s and '30s. Her research interests have included Australian drama, in which she has published articles and edited a volume of three short plays written by Australian women in the 1920s, bibliography and, since her involvement with AustLit, in the emergence of digital humanities.
Kilner has been with AustLit since its inception in 1999, acting as Content Manager until 2002 when she became Director. Prior to that she worked at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University where she worked on the Bibliography of Australian Literature Project (BALP). She is currently Director of AustLit's Research and Publication activities.
She was Associate Editor of three of the four volumes of The Bibliography of Australian Literature (2001, 2004, 2007, 2008), has contributed to The History of the Book in Australia (2001) and The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English (1999). She has also published on AustLit and digital humanities.
Her current research interests are in the field of Digital Humanities and the role of Wikipedia in knowledge acquisition. She teaches Research Methods in the Digital Age at The University of Queensland.