My writing journey began when I launched a personal blog in 2010, and while searching for where I belong, not quite fitting in the hearing impaired community because I am not just hearing impaired, and not quite fitting in the vision impaired community, because I am not just vision impaired, I discovered the Usher syndrome community, and began writing for their international blog too.
Kate’s honest and deeply personal writing for the Usher syndrome blog, her willingness to lay open her soul and give voice to her fears, has given countless people the courage to face their condition and hope for the future. It is hard to overstate the positive impact she has had.’Mark Dunning, Founder/Chairman Usher Syndrome Coalition
In 2014, I won a Writers Victoria Write-ability Fellowship.
This is a compelling text with a raw, uncomplicated, clear voice. You convey the complexity of living with diagnosis, of living with transformative physical change and of the passing as able-bodied.’Antoinette Holm, fellowship writing mentor
I have created two awareness campaigns, the first being ‘Ushering Kate’, when I came out to the world with my two disabilities, and still running, ‘Sunsets for Kate’, which has reached across the globe enabling me to ‘see a lifetime of sunsets in the lifetime of my sight’ as I use my impending blindness to open the eyes of others.
You inspire me, but not because of your diagnosis. You inspire me because you are positive, because you can laugh at yourself and because you are not afraid to show and reflect on your fear. Your emotional honesty is apparent in your writing.’Kerrie MacMurray
A graphic designer with no formal writing training, I have completed many courses, workshops and clinics over the past eight years, learning the craft of writing memoir, picture books, children and young adult fiction, short stories, essays and in 2016, I won a Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grant to attend a workshop on editing.
I feel that your week has been a kind of gift to all of us Kate – the charm and goodwill and generosity with which you’ve shared the very difficult events of these years, and your very galvanising acceptance of those … well. It kind of blows my mind. So thank you, thank you.’Charlotte Wood.
Currently, when I am not working on my memoir, ‘Before the Sunsets’ and my picture book, ‘Sunsets for Kate’, and my own voices young adult novel, ‘Like a Sunflower’, with a protagonist who is hearing impaired, vision impaired and going blind, and loves sunsets, just like me, I can be found either taking even more workshops, courses and clinics, or seeking even more sunsets.