Writer • Novelist • Poet • Reviewer • Arts Journalist • Editor • Essayist

  • Almost a Mirror
    ‘Top 20 Australian Books of 2020’
    – The Guardian

    A Puberty Blues for the digital age
    Lolita with a webcam

    SMH, ABC Radio Melbourne, The Book Shelf
    ArtsHub, The Australian, Radio National

  • Almost a Mirror
    The pop world of Coundown collides with the
    post-punk scene of St Kilda’s Crystal Ballroom

    13-part series
    Each episode sparked by a song from the 80s
    Alone With You, Stranded, Send Me An Angel

    First episode
    Nick the Stripper by Nick Cave &  Birthday Party
    Interviews Mick Harvey & Phill Calvert

  • Profiles
    Rachel Griffiths, Ben Folds, Sian Clifford
    Paul McDermott, Sarah Sentilles

    Music, photography, books, film & TV
    Fleabag, Aha!, Wolfe Creek, Bill Henson

    Nick Cave, Andy Griffiths & the $10,000 Suit
    Laurie Anderson, St Kilda Music Scene

  • Literary Magazines
    Managing & Commissioning Editor
    Newswrite, Victorian Writer, Australian Author

    Blogs, brochures, annual reports
    Social media, magazine articles

    Manuscript assessment, fiction, memoir
    Structural, copy, publishing advice

Freelance Arts Journalist, Essayist, Reviewer, Profiles – The Saturday Paper, Overland, SMH, The Age, The Australian

  • Almost a Mirror

    Top 20 Australian books of 2020
    – The Guardian
    Shortlisted Penguin Literary Prize

    What we make of memories and what they make of us. Like fireflies to the light, Mona, Benny and Jimmy are drawn into the elegantly wasted orbit of the Crystal Ballroom and the post-punk scene of 80s Melbourne, a world that includes Nick Cave and Dodge, a photographer pushing his art to the edge. With precision and richness Kirsten Krauth hauntingly evokes the power of music to infuse our lives, while diving deep into loss, beauty, innocence and agency. Filled with unforgettable characters, the novel is above all about the shapes that love can take and the many ways we express tenderness throughout a lifetime. As it moves between the Blue Mountains and Melbourne, Sydney and Castlemaine, Almost a Mirror reflects on the healing power of creativity and the everyday sacredness of family and friendship in the face of unexpected tragedy.

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  • just_a_girl

    A wholly original book’ ­– The Age
    ‘Alive with ideas about isolation and connection in the digital age’ – Australian

    Layla is only 14. She cruises online. She catches trains to meet strangers. Her mother, Margot, never suspects. Even when Layla brings a man into their home. Margot’s caught in her own web: an evangelical church and a charismatic pastor. Meanwhile, downtown, a man opens a suitcase and tenderly places his young lover inside. just_a_girl tears into the fabric of contemporary culture. A Puberty Blues for the digital age, a Lolita with a webcam, it’s what happens when young girls are forced to grow up too fast. Or never get the chance to grow up at all.

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