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Kate Jennings Kate Jennings i(A18028 works by) (a.k.a. Catherine Ruth Jennings)
Born: Established: 1948 Temora, Temora area, Temora - Ardlethan area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Kate Jennings grew up on a farm near Griffith, New South Wales. While earning a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Sydney during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Jennings was active in left-wing politics and feminism, later editing Mother I'm Rooted (1975), a collection of contemporary women's poetry. In 1975 Jennings published her first collection of her own poems, Come to Me My Melancholy Baby, exploring the trials of being a feminist poet in the 1970s. Jennings left Australia for New York in 1979 where she has worked as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for a major investment bank .

Jennings has written short stories, essays, poetry and novels and, in 1993, began a period as poetry editor for the Bulletin. Jennings's essays range over a variety of topics, but her critiques of Australian literature and feminism have not always been well received in Australia. Jennings's personal prose and essay collections include Save Me, Joe Louis (1988) and Bad Manners (1993).

Some of Jennings's short stories explore her childhood in the Riverina; she extended this exploration with the novel Snake (1996), attracting praise from writers such as Jill Ker Conway and Shirley Hazzard. Her second collection of poetry, Cats, Dogs and Pitchforks (1993), also attracted wide admiration. In 2002 Jennings published Moral Hazard, a novel set in New York, drawing on her experience as a speechwriter and her husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease. The novel won several prizes including the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Jennings's memoir Stanley and Sophie was published in 2008. Her 2010 publication Trouble: Evolution of a Radical: Selected Writings 1970-2010 is described by her publisher as an 'unconventional autobiography and a record of remarkable times'; it traces the various trajectories of Jennings's life over four decades.

Jennings presented the second Ray Mathew Lecture at the National Library of Australia, 29 June 2010. The lecture is presented annually by an Australian writer living overseas.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Moral Hazard Moral Hazard : A Novel London : Fourth Estate , 2002 Z931717 2002 single work novel (taught in 1 units) 'A liberal young woman finds herself working for arrogant, greedy men on Wall Street while her beloved husband begins to suffer from the early onset of Alzheimer's Disease.' (Publication release) 
2004 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Award for Fiction
2003 winner ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2003 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2003 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
y separately published work icon Cats, Dogs and Pitchforks Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1993 Z297971 1993 selected work poetry
1993 shortlisted NBC Banjo Awards NBC Turnbull Fox Phillips Poetry Prize
y separately published work icon Women Falling Down in the Street Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1990 Z196122 1990 selected work short story
1991 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
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