Kate Mildenhall

Australian writer and educator

S2 Ep26

Kate Mildenhall

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Welcome back to 2022, Season 2. My first guest of the year Kate Mildenhall, a writer, teacher and podcaster from Hurstbridge Victoria on Wurundjeri lands, and a mum of 2.

Kate is the author of two novels. Her debut novel, Skylarking, (2016) was named in Readings Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for Best Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Prize and The Mother Fault (2020) which was Longlisted for the 2021 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year and Shortlisted for the 2020 Aurealis Awards, Best Science Fiction Novel.

Kate also co hosts The First Time podcast a podcast with fellow author Katherine Collette about the first time you publish a book, and she is currently working on her third novel and undertaking a PhD on creative process.

We enjoy a lively chat about failure, creating in a covid world, judgement of mothers, how her mothering influences her writing and why everyone should think like a 40 year old woman.

**This episode contains mentions of post natal depression*

Website https://katemildenhall.com/

Instagram @kmildenhall

Twitter @katemildenhall

Books mentioned

Rufi Thorpe article - Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid

Four Thousand Weeks - Oliver Burkeman

The Divided Heart - Rachel Power

Making Babies - Anne Enright

Listen to Claudia Karvan read The Mother Fault on audible

Purchase Kate's books here

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