Kathleen Kylie Tennant|
12 March 1912
Manly, New South Wales
28 February 1988 (aged 75)|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Notable works||The Battlers, All the Proud Tribesmen|
|Notable awards||ALS Gold Medal 1942, Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers 1960|
Life and career
Tennant was born in Manly, New South Wales; she was educated at Brighton College in Manly and Sydney University, though she left without graduating. She was a publicity officer for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, as well as working as a journalist, union organiser, reviewer (for The Sydney Morning Herald), a publisher's literary adviser and editor, and a member of the Commonwealth Literary Fund advisory board. She married L. C. Rodd in 1933; they had two children (a daughter, Benison, in 1946 and a son, John Laurence, in 1951).
Her work was known for its well-researched, realistic, yet positive portrayals of the lives of the underprivileged in Australia. In a video interview filmed in 1986, three years before her death for the Australia Council's Archival Film Series, Tennant told how she lived as the people she wrote about, travelling as an unemployed itinerant worker during the Depression years, living in Aboriginal communities and spending a short time in prison for research.
- 1935: S. H. Prior Memorial Prize awarded by The Bulletin magazine, for Tiburon
- 1940: S. H. Prior Memorial Prize (run by the Bulletin), for The Battlers, shared with Eve Langley, The Pea-Pickers, and Malcolm Henry Ellis's "John Murtagh Macrossan lectures".
- 1942: Australian Literature Society Gold Medal for The Battlers
- 1960: Children's Book Council Book Award for All the Proud Tribesmen
- 1980: Officer of the Order of Australia for services to literature
- Tiburon (1935. Sydney: Endeavour Press) — first published in serial form in The Bulletin
- Foveaux (1939. London: Gollancz; 1946. Sydney: Sirius)
- The Battlers (1941. London: Gollancz; New York: Macmillan; 1945. Sydney: Sirius)
- Time Enough Later (c.1942. New York: Macmillan; 1945. London: Macmillan). A humorous coming of age story about a young woman and her relationship with an artistic older man.
- Ride on Stranger (1943. New York: Macmillan; London: Gollancz; Sydney: Angus & Robertson)
- Lost Haven (1946. NY: Macmillan; Melbourne: Macmillan; London: Macmillan)
- The Joyful Condemned (1953. London: Macmillan; New York: St Martin's Press)
- The Honey Flow (1956. London: Macmillan; New York: St Martin's Press)
- Tell Morning This (1967. Sydney: Angus & Robertson) — complete version of The Joyful Condemned
- The Man on the Headland (1971. Sydney: Angus & Robertson)
- Tantavallon (1983. Melbourne: Macmillan) ISBN 0-947072-02-0
- Ma Jones and Little White Cannibals (1967. London)
- Long John Silver (1954. Sydney: Associated General Publications) — adapted from the screenplay by Martin Rackin
- All the Proud Tribesmen (1959. London: Macmillan; New York: St Martin's Press; 1960. Melbourne: Macmillan) — illustrated by Clem Seale. Children's Book Award (1960)
- Come and See: social studies for Third Grade (1960. Melbourne: Macmillan)
- We Find the Way: social studies for Fourth Grade (1960. Melbourne: Macmillan)
- Trail Blazers of the Air (1965. Melbourne: Macmillan; New York: St Martin's Press) — illustrated by Roderick Shaw
- Modern Plays for Schools 3 (John o' the Forest, Lady Dorothy and the Pirates, The Willow Pattern Plate, The Laughing Girl, Christmas at the Old Shamrock Hotel) (1950. London: Macmillan; New York: St Martin's Press)
- Tether a Dragon (1952. Sydney: Associated General Publications) — Commonwealth Jubilee Stage Play Prize
- Modern Plays for Schools 15 (The Bells of the City, The Magic Fat Baby, The Prince Who Met a Dragon, The Ghost Tiger, Hamaguchi Goh Ei) (1955. London: Macmillan; New York: St Martin's Press)
- The Bushrangers' Christmas Eve and other plays (The Tribe of the Honey Tree, The Ladies of the Guard, A Nativity Play, The Play of the Younger Son, The Emperor and the Nightingale) (1959. London: Macmillan; New York:St Martin's Press)
Biography and history
- Australia: Her Story (1953. London: Macmillan; New York: St Martin's Press)
- Speak You So Gently: Lives among the Australian Aborigines (1959. London: Gollancz)
- Evatt: Politics and justice (1970. Sydney: Angus & Robertson)
- The Missing Heir (1986. Melbourne: Macmillan) — her autobiography
- The Development of the Australian Novel (1958. Canberra: CLF)
- (with L.C. Rodd) The Australian Essay (1968. Melbourne: Cheshire)
- See Pronunciation of Kylie. PronounceNames.com
- "Kylie Tennant (1986) – Documentary/Interview". Australian Screen. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
- Sage, Lorna; Germaine Greer; Elaine Showalter (1999). The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English. Cambridge University Press. p. 619. ISBN 0-521-66813-1.
- "Kylie Tennant". Imdb. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
- Creswell, Toby; Samantha Trenoweth (2006). 1001 Australians You Should Know. Pluto Press Australia. ISBN 1-86403-361-4.
- "It's an Honour – Tennant, Kylie (Mrs Rodd)". Australian Government. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
- Oral history interview of Kylie Tennant, available online at the National Library of Australia
- A Tennant Bibliography – compiled by Ross Burnet (included individual short-story magazine appearances)
- A picture of Kylie Tennant: 
- Grant, Jane (June 2006). An Australian Life: Kylie Tennant. National Library of Australia. ISBN 978-0-642-27617-9.
- Cahill, Rowan, "More than a Footnote: A Biographical Portrait of L. C. Rodd[permanent dead link]", The Hummer, Number 27, January/April 1990, pp. 3–10
- The Novels of Kylie Tennant by Margaret Dick (Rigby, Adelaide 1966)