Kim Kane

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


Pip the story of Olive
(David Fickling, US, Allen & Unwin, Aus, Doubleday, Canada, 2008)”Olive Garnaut looks ever so slightly like an extra-terrestrial: a very pale extra-terrestrial. When Olive stands her feet turn out at 160˚ (like a ballerina in first position) and her shins are the exact colour of chickenloaf. It goes without saying that Olive is the most peculiar looking girl at the Joanne D’Arc School for Girls. This is an original story, which explores identity, twinning and growing-up in a fantastical way. Mostly, however, it is a novel about learning to navigate school hierarchies and modern families while finding the strength to grow whole.”

“Kim Kane absolutely nails the treacherous world of junior high school.”
– Alison Lester

“A gem of a novel! Poignant, funny and blissfully unsentimental…Kane understands what it’s like to be standing on the outside looking in.”
– Clare Renner, Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT

Agent: Marie Campell