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Kate Jennings (1948–2021)

Her interest in the world, and literature, and her capacity for friendship, were extraordinary.’

— Margaret Connolly, agent

All of us at Text are saddened by the news that Kate Jennings has passed away at the age of seventy-two.

An award-winning  poet, essayist, memoirist and novelist, Kate Jennings was also active in feminist and protest movements, and was an outspoken commentator on the business world. Her speech at an anti-Vietnam rally in 1970 is credited with sparking the second-wave feminist movement in Australia, and she was instrumental in opening the first women’s refuge for victims of domestic violence.

Her extraordinary novel Moral Hazard (2002), now published in the Text Classics series, won the Adelaide Festival Fiction Award, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. 

She was one of a kind: a brilliant thinker and stylist, and fearless.’

— David Winter, editor

Vale Kate Jennings.

 

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