Katy studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), receiving a Master of Writing for Performance in 2012. Her plays have been presented across Australia, NZ and the UK.

She is an AWGIE winner (Best Children’s Theatre for Reasons to Stay Inside), recipient of the Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Emerging Writer (These are the isolate) and nominee for a Green Room award for new writing (A Prudent Man). Her play, nest, was long-listed for Theatre503’s Playwriting Award and premiered in London with Small Truth Theatre, directed by Yasmeen Arden at the 2018 VAULT Festival.

Spencer, premiered in May 2017 at Chapel off Chapel (Melbourne, Victoria) where it received excellent reviews – including Maxim Boon for the Music who wrote, “Simply put, this may very well be the birth of a future Australian classic.”

Other works include A Prudent Man (People’s Choice Award and WA Touring Award; Melbourne Fringe, 2016), Reasons to Stay Inside (Best Kids Show; Melbourne Fringe 2015, and Best Children’s Theatre; AWGIE, 2016), Dropped (Highly Commended – Best Emerging Writer; Melbourne Fringe 2013) and These are the isolate (Winner – Best Emerging Writer; Melbourne Fringe 2010).

Katy is a writer with the Red Stitch Theatre Company’s INK Program. She has been a part of the Besen Family Artist Program (writers) at Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Program. In 2018, she presented a new work, K, as part of the MTC Cybec Electric Readings season.

Her fiction has received the Rachel Furnai Prize for Literature (Lip Magazine) and Overland Magazine’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Her writing has been shortlisted for awards including the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Prize and Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Prize.

Her fiction has been seen in Best Summer Stories (Black Inc.), The Slow Canoe and Overland.

Katy’s debut YA novel, Everywhere Everything Everyone, was published in 2019 by Hardie Grant Egmont. She is represented by Grace Heifetz at Left Bank Literary.

Katy is a proud member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.


22 thoughts on “About

  1. Good luck with your writing. I sure share the da Vinci syndrome and know what it feels like not to work on anything for a while, the prolonged procrastination bug is a hard one.

  2. Hi Katy! I still don’t know what you think about this short-story translation into French… Would you be interested? It’s already done (though it needs revising), but your agreement is required, obviously… Cheers!

  3. Hi Katy, good luck with your theater endeavors! I love plays and I find your blog interesting. I hope that blogging helps you stay connected to your art. 🙂

  4. Hello, my name is Rafael Fernandez Viedma, Viola Player, Composer & Film Composer.

    I send to you some of my music compositions and works for images and cinema by my link, I would like to be at your disposal if you have a project that you need composer. (documentary,shorts,feature movies, etc)
    I would appreciate if you could spare a few minutes with that material. a hug from Sevilla. Spain.



  5. Hello Katy,
    I absolutely adore your play Dropped and am wanting to produce/act in it in Sydney in December at The Old Fitz theatre. I’d love to talk to you about it?


  6. I am half way through Everywhere, Everything. Everyone and the book is decent but if I read another “(their words, not mine)” i’m gonna bash the shit out of this fucking book. Just thought I’d let you know.

    • Hahaha! Please don’t bash the shit outta it. The cover is way too pretty for that. Thanks for reading and for reaching out to tell me how you feel. Sadly, can’t change anything now but I promise to never use that turn of phrase for any other character I ever write. It’s a Santee thing. Cheers.

  7. Hey Katy, I’m 15 and I read your book last year. Since the pandemic, I’ve been stuck in my house and today decided to begin rereading Everywhere Everything Everyone. I relate to it even more now because of the pandemic and the stress the world is going through. I really loved it.
    I was wondering if you plan on writing a second book? I would love to read it.
    I hope it’s not rude to ask that, and I’ve probably asked in the wrong spot, but I couldn’t find anywhere else.
    I hope your safe and please stay well. Have a great week.

    • THANK YOU. You have made my YEAR. Honestly. This is the loveliest comment. And it means a lot. I am planning another book (and it isn’t rude to ask me that whatsoever). Thank you so much for reading (and rereading) EEE. I hope you and your family are all keeping well and safe over these very strange and uncertain times. Please take care. And, again, thank you for reaching out. It really means a helluva lot. Cheers.

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