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Kathleen Jennings Kathleen Jennings i(A102611 works by)
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Kathleen Jennings is a writer and illustrator who grew up in Western Queensland.

Jennings' illustration work has won Ditmar Awards and been shortlisted for three World Fantasy Awards. She has illustrated for various Australian and international publishers and periodicals, including Tor.com, Small Beer Press, Subterranean Press, Tartarus Press, Ticonderoga Publications, FableCroft Press, Odyssey Press, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild. She has also produced a number of collaborative works with Angela Slatter.

In addition to illustration, Jennings also writes short works, including comics. Her short comics include the steampunk 'Finishing School : A Colonial Adventure' and 'A Small Wild Magic', which was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards.

In 2017, she was one of the illustrators (along with American illustrator Cassandra Jean) on the tenth-anniversary edition of American novelist Cassandra Clare's City of Bones, the first in her best-selling Mortal Instruments trilogy. She also drew the internal maps for American author Holly Black's The Cruel Prince (2018) and The Wicked King (2019), and produced both the cover art and internal illustrations for Kij Johnson's The River Bank (2017), a sequel to Wind in the Willows. In 2019, she illustrated Aidan Doyle's The Writer's Book of Doubt.

In 2019, she was one of the judges for the World Fantasy Awards.

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Personal Awards

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Mother Thorn and Other Tales of Courage Waikiki : Serenity Press , 2021 21211168 2021 selected work short story

'Walk into a fairy tale world that’s not quite what you might expect.

'Lara’s life of lonely drudgery changes when she gains an unlikely friend and learns that acts of kindness can bring their own rewards. High-born Niamh knows the kennel boy is her soulmate, but when she seeks help from the Otherworld, her future takes a surprising turn. Bella runs away from home on a stormy night and finds shelter in a strange old house, where she meets a shy kitchen hand, his autocratic mother, and a mouse. Young soldier Katrin makes her weary way homeward after a terrible defeat. A chance encounter with an old woman plunges Katrin into an adventure involving dogs, treasure and a lost tinder box.

'These four tales celebrate courage and kindness. They are about being to true to yourself and recognising the good in others.'

Source : publisher's blurb

2020 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Best Collection
The Heart of Owl Abbas 2018 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Tor.com Fiction , April 2018;

'A composer in an unstable city-state accidentally discovers the perfect singer for his work—a clockwork man—and sows the seeds of revolution.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner Ditmar Awards Best Short Story
2019 shortlisted International Awards The Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction
y separately published work icon Monsters Australia : Hivemindedness Media , 2016 11341432 2016 anthology graphic novel children's fantasy

'“Mummy, I’m scared of MONSTERS!”

'Are you scared of monsters too?

'Is there a monster under your bed, a monster in your closet, or a monster in the corner of your ceiling? (Hang on, that’s just a spider …)

'Maybe the monster isn’t really a monster at all; it’s just misunderstood.

'Or maybe the monster is YOU.

'Prepare to be terrified, provoked, amazed and entertained by these 11 monstrous short comics for children by Karen Beilharz and some of Australia’s best independent comic creators.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 shortlisted Ledger Awards
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