AustLit logo
person or book cover
Photo courtesy of Kerry Kilner
Kerry Kilner Kerry Kilner i(A17498 works by)
Born: Established: 1961
Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Irish ; Australian ; Samoan ; British
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Kerry Kilner was born in Singapore and lived there for less than a year. Her father was an officer in the Australian Defence Forces and as a result she lived in numerous places along the eastern seaboard of Australia during a peripatetic childhood.

Kilner began tertiary study as a mature age student in her 20s. She completed an Honours degree in literature (1992) and a Masters degree in Women's Studies at Monash University in 1994. Her Master's research investigated the role of women in the Australian little theatre movement of the 1920s and '30s. Her research interests have included Australian drama, in which she has published articles and edited a volume of three short plays written by Australian women in the 1920s, bibliography and, since her involvement with AustLit, in the emergence of digital humanities and online resources.

Kilner has been with AustLit since its inception in 1999, acting as Content Manager until 2002 when she became Director. Prior to that she worked at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University where she worked on the Bibliography of Australian Literature Project (BALP). She is currently Director and General Editor of AustLit.

She was Associate Editor of three of the four volumes of The Bibliography of Australian Literature (2001, 2004, 2007, 2008), has contributed to The History of the Book in Australia (2001) and The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English (1999). She has also published on AustLit and digital humanities.

Along with Angela Gardner, Kilner is involved in the specialist publisher, light-trap press, which produces limited edition artist's books which are usually collaborations between poets and artists.



Most Referenced Works

Last amended 12 Jan 2017 10:47:38
Needs updating?
Update Update by email
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: