Authors and guests Catherine McKinnon

Catherine McKinnon’s new novel, To Sing of War (2024), is published by Fourth Estate, Harper Collins. Inspired by McKinnon’s own family history, To Sing of War is a rich, compelling and intricately woven novel of love, war and friendship.

Catherine’s novel Storyland (2017) was shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the 2018 Barbara Jefferis Award, the 2018 Voss Literary Prize and was named one of ABC TV’s The Book Club’s Five of the Best in 2017.

Storyland is being adapted into a play for Merrigong Theatre, Illawarra, written by Catherine and Aunty Barb Nicholson, and scheduled to be produced in 2025.

Catherine is one of the multi-authors of 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (Open Humanities Press, 2019). She was co-winner of the Griffith Review: Tall Tales Short – The Novella Project 111 award in 2015.

Her first novel, The Nearly Happy Family, was published by Penguin in 2008. Her plays have been produced nationally and Hurt was nominated for an AWGIE award in 2017. Her short stories, reviews and essays have appeared in Text Journal, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Narrative, Sydney Review of Books, Island, and Sydney Morning Herald.

She teaches creative writing at the University of Wollongong.

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