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I'm Kate O'Donnell – a writer, book editor and children’s literature specialist based in Melbourne.
My debut YA novel, Untidy Towns, was published by UQP in 2017.


The short: Kate O’Donnell is a writer, editor and bookseller specialising in children’s and young adult literature. She has a BA in History and French from the University of Melbourne and studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. Untidy Towns is her first novel. The longer: I’m a children’s book editor and young adult author based in Melbourne. I grew up in the first golden […]

Untidy Towns

My debut YA novel, Untidy Towns, is published by the University of Queensland Press. It’s about country towns, friendship, families, trains and finding yourself. And kissing. Seventeen-year-old Adelaide is sick of being expected to succeed on other people’s terms. She knows she just has to stick it out at school for one more year and then she’ll be free. Instead, she runs away from her […]


Writing Children’s Books, part of the 10th Annual Booklovers Festival Saturday 8 September (10:30 am–12:30 pm) Mill Park Library, VIC As part of this session I will run through the basics of writing for children. Learn the difference between writing picture books, junior fiction and middle grade fiction, and discover my hot tips for pitching. Hone your skills with writing exercises and a lively discussion. […]

Contact Me

Want me to come speak at your school or library? Have a question about Untidy Towns? Just feel like saying hi? I’d love to hear from you! Please note I am not currently taking on any freelance editing jobs.

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