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Kim Kane


Kim Kane was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth to…a writer, a painter or a poet. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practice law.

In 2004, Kim threw her unbridled materialism to the wind and started to write. Kim now works exactly part-time as a lawyer and exactly part-time as a writer and the combination is perfect.

Kim has noticed that most proper children’s writers like chickens. Kim hates chickens. She does, however, like being backstage, her nephew, Angus, and, if she is strictly honest, most fatty snacks. Above all of these things (except perhaps Angus), Kim likes telling stories, and on a good writing day she wouldn’t trade her life for anything.


Kim was a wonderful presenter, who was great with the younger students. She was engaging, and her story telling was very entertaining.

Kim talked about how she became a “published author”, and gave the students writing tips. It was good how she explained how her stories relate to real life situations and real people.

She was very professional and able to deal with their “multitude” of questions with appropriate answers. A good professional all round presenter.

—Barbara Johnson, St Francis Xavier Primary School, 2018

The session last week with Kim was excellent, as always. The students really enjoyed the presentation and have been commenting on some of the tips and ideas that Kim discussed during their lessons this week.

—L. Arney, Melbourne Girls' College, November 2017

Kim was a brilliant speaker for our junior classes – all sessions were well pitched for the level of the students there, and she was an engaging and interesting speaker. Our teachers and students all really enjoyed having her speak to us in Book Week!

—A. Dawson, Elwood Primary School, August 2017

Kim connected with our Year 2 and Year 3 students very well and they enjoyed their sessions with her. We will definitely invite her again in the future.

—Siobhan Roulston, Scotch College, August 2017

Just wanted to say a very big thank you to Kim for joining us here at Junior School Kew for our Carey Celebrates Literature Festival. The year one students thoroughly enjoyed her talk and were particularly engaged with her storytelling and colourful stories. Many of the students have been asking to borrow Kim’s books since the visit, she definitely made an impression!

—A. Brown, Teacher Librarian, Carey Baptist Grammar School, May 2016

I love writing so it was very exciting for me. Engaging, the audience liked her, she entertained as well as educating us. I learned about the number of leaves required, descriptive language, how to find ideas for the book.

—Year 7 Student, Melbourne Girls' College, October 2015

Dear Kim,
Thank you for coming to show us all your books and reading them to us during book week.
We really liked how you showed us the real people in your stories and then we read about them.
We also liked how you got ideas for your stories. For example, ‘The Unexpected Crocodile’ and how got your inspiration from the floods in Queensland in the newspaper.
We took a vote in our class and most people liked ‘Family Forest.’ ….
Have a great day! Thanks for coming again.

—From 1B, Hamlyn Banks Primary School

Kim was fantastic and was very appropriate for each of the groups. The first group was very young and responded well. Then she was able to change to speak to the slightly older students about the book writing process.
…. They are still talking about it several days later.

—S.Somes, Huntingtower School, August 2015

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