Kate Kennedy

Dr Kate Kennedy is a writer and broadcaster. She specialises in biography, and C20th music and literature.

She is a Research Fellow in Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford, and the Associate Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-writing, which is an international centre for the discussion of biography, autobiography and the many issues surrounding the ways in which we approach the narratives of lives. She is also a regular broadcaster on the BBC, particularly Radio 3, where she appears on Music Matters, Proms Plus, Record Review, Building a Library, Essential Classics, Composer of the Week and The Essay. Her Sunday Features have been selected for Pick of the Year by Radio 4, and she was awarded the Oxford Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research in 2017.

She has previously held research fellowships in both Music and English at the University of Cambridge, and has published widely on the arts: co-editor of The Silent Morning: Culture and the Armistice, 1918 (Manchester UP, 2014), and author of the play The Fateful Voyage. She is the editor of Literary Britten (Boydell, 2019), and has recently co-edited with Dame Hermione Lee the critically acclaimed collection of essays Lives of Houses (Princeton, 2020) including contributions from Simon Armitage and Julian Barnes.

Dweller in Shadows: A Life of Ivor Gurney will be published by Princeton University Press on 4 May 2021. The result of many years of research, it will be the first biography to look at all aspects of the war poet / composer’s work, alongside his life from the trenches to a lunatic asylum.


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