Hannah Kent

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Hannah Kent
Born1985 (age 35–36)
Adelaide, Australia
OccupationWriter
Alma materFlinders University
GenreLiterary Fiction, Historical Fiction
Website
hannahkentauthor.com

Hannah Kent (born 1985) is an Australian writer and author of two novels – Burial Rites (2013) and The Good People (2016).

Biography[edit]

Kent was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and attended Heathfield High School.[1] In 2010, Kent co-founded the Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings with Rebecca Starford.[2]

In 2011 Kent won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award for her novel Burial Rites.[3] Burial Rites tells the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a servant in northern Iceland who was condemned to death after the murder of two men, one of whom was her employer, and became the last woman put to death in Iceland.[4] Kent was drawn to the idea of writing her story after a visit to the scene of the woman's execution at Þrístapar, close to where she stayed for some time as a Rotary exchange student when she was 18.[5] The novel crafts a more ambiguous, sympathetic image of the life of a woman widely regarded in popular opinion to have been 'an inhumane witch, stirring up murder'.[6] Burial Rites went on to be translated into thirty languages and in 2017 it was confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence would play the role of Agnes Magnúsdóttir in a film adaptation.[7] A documentary about Kent's experiences in Iceland and writing Burial Rites was aired on the ABC as an episode of Australian Story titled 'No More Than a Ghost,' on 1 July 2013.[8]

Kent's second novel,The Good People, was published in 2016. Set in Ireland's County Kerry in 1825, it is the story of widow's struggle to find a cure for her grandson who has been struck down by a mysterious inability to speak and who is feared by others in this superstitious community as a changeling.[9] The novel takes inspiration from the case of the death of Michael Leahy.[10] It was translated into ten languages and shortlisted for the Walter Scott Award for Historical Fiction (UK) 2017.[11] Aquarius Films will adapt The Good People for screen.[12]

In 2020 it was announced that Elisabeth Moss will star in Kent's screenwriting debut, Run Rabbit Run, developed with Carver Films.[13] The film will be directed by Daina Reid.[14]

Awards and honours[edit]

THE GOOD PEOPLE (2016)

  • Shortlisted for the University of Queensland Fiction Book Award 2017 [15]
  • Shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2017[16]
  • Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Award for Historical Fiction (UK) 2017[11]
  • Shortlisted for the Indie Books Award for Literary Fiction 2017[17]
  • Shortlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award 2017[18]

BURIAL RITES (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Light in the dark". www.adelaidenow.com.au. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  2. ^ "About KYD". Kill Your Darlings. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  3. ^ 'Monday musings on Australian literature: Unpublished manuscript awards,' Whispering Gums 13 March 2014.
  4. ^ Kent, Hannah 'Keep Calm and Carry On: An Unexpected Path to Publication', Kill Your Darlings, Issue 13 (April 2013)
  5. ^ Cassie Mercer, 'Cup of Tea With Hanna Kent, Author of the Burial Rites,' Inside History Magazine 30 October 2013
  6. ^ Hannah Kent, Burial Rites (2013) Picador ed. 2015 p.335.
  7. ^ "Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie 'Burial Rites' Sounds Killer". Fan Fest | For Fans, By Fans. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  8. ^ 'No More Than A Ghost - Transcript,' Australian Story ABC 1 July 2013
  9. ^ [1] Publisher's website
  10. ^ Kent, Hannah. "How Much Actual History Do You Need for a Historical Novel? Hannah Kent on Searching for the Life of Her Main Character". lithub.com. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  11. ^ a b "All About The Walter Scott Prize 2017 on LoveReading.co.uk". www.lovereading.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  12. ^ Grater, Tom (2020-02-06). "'Lion' & 'Dirt Music' Producer Aquarius Films Hires Rachel Okine As Managing Director". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  13. ^ Marsh, Walter (2020-06-15). "Elisabeth Moss joins new film from Burial Rites author Hannah Kent". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  14. ^ "Elisabeth Moss to play the lead in Daina Reid's 'Run Rabbit Run'". IF Magazine. 2020-06-11. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  15. ^ jurisdiction=Queensland, ; corporateName=State Library of Queensland. "2017 shortlists". www.qldliteraryawards.org.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  16. ^ "The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017 by Gabrielle Williams". www.readings.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  17. ^ "Indie Book Awards". Indie Book Awards. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  18. ^ "The ABIA 2017 Shortlist! - Australian Book Industry Awards". abiawards.com.au. Archived from the original on 2018-05-13. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  19. ^ "critiquesLibres.com : critiques de livres". www.critiqueslibres.com (in French). Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  20. ^ "2014 Australian Book Industry Awards announced in Sydney". abiawards.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  21. ^ a b "Davitt Awards 2014 shortlist". Angela Savage. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  22. ^ "ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2015 shortlist announced - Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  23. ^ "Booktopia wins Best Online Retailer at the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards - The Booktopian". The Booktopian. 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  24. ^ "FAW Awards 2013 winners announced - Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  25. ^ "2014 Indies Choice, E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Finalists". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  26. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2014". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  27. ^ Morris, Linda (2014-05-13). "Best Young Australian Novelists chosen in SMH writers' awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  28. ^ "2015 Shortlist | International DUBLIN Literary Award". www.dublinliteraryaward.ie. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  29. ^ "Shortlist for inaugural Voss Literary Prize announced - Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  30. ^ "National Book Foundation, Presenter of the National Book Awards, www.nationalbook.org". www.nationalbook.org. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  31. ^ "Shortlist 2014 · The Stella Prize". The Stella Prize. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  32. ^ "The Baileys women's prize for fiction 2014 shortlist". www.readings.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  33. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2014". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  34. ^ https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/static/new/files/newsitefiles/2014-ALS-Gold-Medal-Judges-Report-2014.pdf
  35. ^ "Burial Rites by Hannah Kent". the Guardian. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  36. ^ Council, Waverley. "Long List 2013". www.waverley.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.

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