Kate O'Donnell

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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, will be published by UQP in 2017.

About Me

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 […]


I am a book editor and children’s literature specialist based in Melbourne, with over ten years of experience in the book and publishing industry and a particular passion for young adult literary fiction. I am not currently available for freelance work. I have experience editing and proofreading children’s fiction (from picture books through early-reader, middle grade and up to YA fiction) as well as experience […]

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