Kim Kane was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for “…a writer, a dancer or a poet”. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to study law. Fortunately, Kim also studied Fine Arts (hons) and German (hons) at Melbourne University, where she was pleased to discover that a tort could be a Teutonic cream cake too. During this period, Kim contributed to the student newspaper and scrawled lots of notes in class. She also displayed an unhealthy commitment to German language theatre.
After university, Kim assisted with the research, writing and editing of the Arts 2000 at Sotheby’s catalogue. She then joined a “golden circle” legal firm (as they are called in the industry), an experience which proved to be anything other than golden. While she was there, however, Kim found time to produce short films and theatre and sit on the boards of two incorporated associations: one in Australia and one in Germany.
After 5 years in the corporate sector, Kim realised that although she liked aspects of her profession – the clothes, the coffees, her colleagues – she still didn’t actually like the law. In 2004, Kim threw her unbridled materialism to the wind and started to write for children.
Kim has noticed that most proper children’s writers like chickens. Kim hates chickens. She does however like swimming, being backstage, French seams and, if she is strictly honest, most fatty snacks. Above all, however, Kim likes telling stories and on a good writing day she wouldn’t trade her life for anything.
Author photo by Sonia Payes
Agent: Marie Campell