Cate Kennedy is a guest speaker at the 2019 AATE National Conference, 'My story flows in more than one direction: power of story, politics of voice', organised by VATE - the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English

Cate Kennedy is an Australian author best known for her short stories, although she has also published three collections of poetry, a novel, and a travel memoir about her time volunteering in a Mexican microcredit cooperative. 

Her 2006 collection Dark Roots was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Gold Medal and the Queensland Premier's Awards and her most recent collection, Like a House on Fire, won the Queensland Literary award for a short story collection in 2013. 

Her work has been published both in Australia and internationally, and she teaches as part of the fiction faculty on the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University, Oregon.  Both her short fiction collections are currently on the VCE syllabus, and she has been enjoying talking with Year 11 and 12 students across Victoria who are currently studying the themes and techniques of her stories.