Kate Forsyth

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Kate Forsyth
Kate Forsyth.jpg
Kate Forsyth in 2007.
Born Kate Humphrey
1966 (age 50–51)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Writer, Poet, Journalist
Genre Historical Fiction, Children's Fiction, Fantasy

Kate Forsyth is an Australian author. She is best known for her historical novel Bitter Greens, which interweaves a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale with the true life story of the woman who first told the tale, the 17th century French writer Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force.

Forsyth is also the author of several children's books, including The Gypsy Crown, The Puzzle Ring, The Starthorn Tree, The Wildkin's Curse, The Starkin Crown and Dragon Gold. She has also published two heroic fantasy series, The Witches of Eileanan and Rhiannon's Ride, the poetry collection Radiance, and the novel Full Fathom Five under her maiden name, Kate Humphrey. She is a five-time Aurealis Award winner.[1]

She is married with three children, and lives in Sydney, New South Wales. She is also a direct descendant of Charlotte Barton, the author of Australia's earliest known children's book. Forsyth's older sister, Belinda Murrell, is also an author for children and young adults.


After graduating in a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Macquarie University, Forsyth worked as a full-time journalist, including Editor of Hair and deputy editor of Money Watch before quitting to work freelance, writing articles for Vogue Australia, Black + White, Studio Bambini, Mode Brides, Interiors and Australian Collections amongst others.

Freelancing allowed her to concentrate more on her poetry and to be President of the Poets Union. She publishes her poetry under her maiden name, Kate Humphrey. This has appeared in Australian newspapers, such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Bulletin, and domestic and international literary magazines.

She wrote "Full Fathom Five" as the thesis for her Master of Arts in Writing, and then, to relieve the tedium of studying theorists such as Lacan, Derrida and de Saussure for her exams, she started reading a multi-book fantasy series. The turning point was when her husband, Greg Forsyth, suggested that she write such a series herself.

She is currently undertaking a doctorate in fairy-tale retelling at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her novel Bitter Greens was written as the creative component of her doctorate, and she is now writing a theoretical examination of Rapunzel.


The Witches of Eileanan series[edit]

  • Dragonclaw (1997) - released as The Witches of Eileanan in the US.
  • The Pool of Two Moons (1998)
  • The Cursed Towers (1999)
  • The Forbidden Land (2000)
  • The Skull of the World (2001)
  • The Fathomless Caves (2002)

Rhiannon's Ride series[edit]

  • The Tower of Ravens (2004)
  • The Shining City (2005)
  • The Heart of Stars (2006)

The Chain of Charms series (for 9-18 year olds)[edit]

  • The Gypsy Crown (2006)
  • The Silver Horse (2006)
  • The Herb of Grace (2007)
  • The Cat's Eye Shell (2007)
  • The Lightning Bolt (2007)
  • The Butterfly in Amber (2007)

Ben and Tim's Magical Misadventures (for young readers)[edit]

  • Dragon Gold (2005)
  • Wishing For Trouble (2006)
  • Sea Magic (2008)

The Impossible Quest series[edit]

  • Escape from Wolfhaven Castle (2014)
  • The Wolves of the Witchwood (2015)
  • The Beast of Blackmoor Bog (2015)
  • The Drowned Kingdom (2015)
  • Battle of The Heroes (2015)

Children's novels[edit]

  • The Starthorn Tree- young adult (2002)
  • The Puzzle Ring (2009)
  • The Wildkin's Curse (2010)
  • The Starkin Crown (May 2011)

Contemporary fiction[edit]

  • Full Fathom Five - as Kate Humphrey (2003)

Historical Fiction[edit]

  • Bitter Greens (2012)
  • The Wild Girl (March 2013)


  1. ^ Morris, Linda (9 June 2012). "Frontier women". 

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