Kate Kellaway

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Kate Kellaway
Born (1957-07-15) 15 July 1957 (age 64)
OccupationJournalist, literary critic
GenreJournalism, criticism

Kate Kellaway (born 15 July 1957)[citation needed] is an English journalist and literary critic who writes for The Observer.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of the Australians Bill and Deborah Kellaway,[1] she is the older sister of the journalist Lucy Kellaway. Both siblings were educated at the Camden School for Girls, where their mother was a teacher,[2] and at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she read English.[3]

Professional life[edit]

Following a period teaching in Zimbabwe between 1982 and 1986,[4] she began her career in journalism at the Literary Review[5] and became deputy to then editor Auberon Waugh around 1987.[6]

Kellaway later joined The Observer, where her posts have included features writer, deputy literary editor, deputy theatre critic and children's books editor.[7] While The Observer's poetry editor,[8] Kellaway was one of the five judges for the Booker Prize in 1995.[9]

Kellaway is married and has four sons and two step-sons.[10]


  1. ^ Robinson, Hester (27 January 2006). "Obituary: Deborah Kellaway". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  2. ^ Williams, Sally (25 April 2010). "Lucy Kellaway interview for In Office Hours". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 December 2011.(subscription required)
  3. ^ "Prominent alumni". Lady Margaret Hall. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  4. ^ Kellaway, Kate (16 April 2000). "Once upon a time in Africa". The Observer. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ Barber, Lynn (21 January 2001). "Waugh Stories..." The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  6. ^ Kellaway, Kate (8 September 2000). "Comment: It's good to be rude". The Observer. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Literary Festival (2011) - Julie Myerson talks to Kate Kellaway Then". Archived from the original on 12 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ MacDonald, Marianne; McKie, John (29 September 1995). "Amis given short shrift as his novel fails to make the shortlist". The Independent. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  9. ^ "1995". The Booker Prizes. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  10. ^ Murray, Jenni (3 July 2003). That's My Boy!. London: Vermilion. p. 30. ISBN 978-0091889647.

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