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Katy Watson-Kell was born in Scotland and moved to Western Australia when she was ten.
After gaining a place in the WA Emerging Writers’ Mentoring Scheme she won the inaugural Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation Science Fiction Award for her short story, Douppioni. Katy’s first young adult novel, Juice, won the Avis Page Award for the highest ranking Australian novel, Older Readers category, in the Western Australian Young Readers' Book Awards 2002. Her second novel, Mama’s Trippin’, received excellent reviews in both Australia and New Zealand, and was short listed for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards 2006. Set in Wellington and the Chatham Islands, Mama’s Trippin’ explores a teenager’s search for family and belonging which leads him to his ancestors, the mysterious Moriori of Rekohu.
Katy is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Murdoch University. For the creative component of her thesis, she is writing a novel which begins during World War One in Port Fairy, Victoria, and follows the journey of two young Australian soldiers and the inescapable threads that bind them to Melbourne’s iconic painting, Chloe.
Katy presents a range of author talks and writing workshops in schools. To find out more contact The Literature Centre on Ph: 08 9430 6869 or visit her website www.katywatson-kell.com.au