By Aunty Ally – 31 October 2015
Kate Forsyth has earned her writing kudos the traditional way: though writing and publishing 36 successful adult, children’s and poetry books in over 17 countries all over the world.
She has publishers in Australia, the USA, and the UK and her books have been published in 17 countries so far. She has won numerous awards and was recently voted one of Australia’s Top 20 Writers of our Generation. She is an accredited Master Storyteller by the Australian Guild of Storytellers. http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/
On her website Kate says, “It doesn’t matter what is happening to you in your own life – whether you are sick or sad or lonely – books are a magical gateway to other worlds and other times. For a while you walk around in someone else’s shoes, and you travel their journey of discovery with them. When you come back to your own body, in your own place and time, you have changed. You have grown. So books are a true kind of magic.”
In addition, Kate has earned her Doctorate in Fairy Tales Studies from the University of Technology, having already completed her BA in literature and a MA in Creative writing.
What is really so lovable and admirable about Kate’s writing is the huge amount of historical research that goes into each book. She describes the details so accurately and vividly you can literally see, taste and smell the food and meals she describes and feel the mood of the characters.
In a review of Kate’s tragic book Bitter Greens, Writer Guest Reviewer: Booktopia’s Sarah McDuling says, “I was pretty keen to read Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens would be something of an understatement. It’s a fairytale for grown-ups, a lavish three-course meal for the imagination.” http://blog.booktopia.com.au/2012/03/26/review-bitter-greens-by-kate-forsyth-guest-reviewer-booktopias-sarah-mcduling/
Barnes and Nobles states, “French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs.
At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens.” http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bitter-greens-kate-forsyth/1113986002#productInfoTabs
Interestingly Kate’s writing is a family affair. She is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring, the author of the first children’s book ever published in Australia called, ‘A Mothers offering to Her Children.’ Her sister Belinda Murrell is also a published and accomplished author. http://belindamurrell.com.au/bio.php
The artwork on Kate’s books is always impressive often with a different design for each region.
Kate Forsyth’s book Bitter Greens with various covers.
If you ever get the chance to hear Kate speak at the Sydney Writer’s Festival, at a writers centre, bookshop or a school event it will always be good value. She is always a sheer delight.
She gives such an amazing amount of practical information, in bite sized, accessible entertaining pieces. Her writing tips can be applied to most people’s writing process whether just starting out or very accomplished writers.
You would never know Kate has struggled with a stutter her whole life as she is so well spoken, eloquent and confident while teaching. She quite obviously revels in passing on her passion and skill for writing, fairytales and storytelling.
She is extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and has a wicked sense of humour apparent in all her many television interviews and appearances.
She is a popular teacher at the fantastic NSW Writers Centre in Rozelle. http://www.nswwc.org.au/
She teaches regularly at the Australian writers Centre http://www.writerscentre.com.au/ at Milson’s Point overlooking the gorgeous Lavender Bay, appropriately right next to the gorgeous Secret Garden.
She loves chocolate, lobster and Dom Perpignan. She regularly gains inspiration from her daily morning walks with her dog. She fell in love with her husband at first site and lives in Sydney by the sea with him, their three children, their dog and thousands of books.
She is a highlight at each Sydney Writers Festival every May http://www.swf.org.au/. It is the third largest writer’s festival in the world every May after New York, USA and Edinburgh, Scotland. Be sure to arrive very early, at least two hours in advance, for the queue to her sessions to be sure to get in.
In addition, she also teaches regular international retreats including at the Cotswold’s in the UK for her History, Mystery & Magic retreat with the next one scheduled in June 2016 http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/writing-retreat-in-the-cotswolds
Inspirational picture from Kate’s Cotswold Adventure.
Do yourself a favour and catch a session with Kate on TV, by reading one of her many reviews, books or blogs. I highly recommend taking a class, workshop or retreat. You will be delighted, entertained and inspired that is a guarantee!
Or just curl up with one of her amazing books, a cuppa and some chocolate to escape and be transported into a magical place. http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/adultsbooks http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/childrenbook
For instant inspiration watch one of Kates inspiring video’s today. http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/Video-Gallery
Kate Forsyth is personally one of my all-time favourite authors, a fantastic role model and one day I hope I can emulate even a fraction of her success in making people escape from their daily drudge into a magical realm, returning transformed, entertained and inspired.
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