Kate’s first novel, Changing the Subject, is an entertaining narrative about ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. In her introduction, Kate talks about the novel that inspired her – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. She says ‘You don’t have to have read any Salman Rushdie to engage with this talk: I will make it my job to inspire you to try him. Under the feeble cover of having written a novel myself, I would like to make the experimental assertion that it is possible to describe novels in English as Pre-Rushdie and Post-Rushdie. Of course, there were rumblings of change before 1981 and the publication of Midnight’s Children. But it was that book which delivered the fatal blow to literarty-farties grumbling since the 1930s that the “The novel is dead”.’
Before turning to novel writing, Kate was, among many other things, an early-years teacher. Her second novel is due for publication later this year. You can read more about Kate in her own words here.
About the series
What are the artistic reference points for today’s artists? How do exemplary works of art from the past inform their creativity? In this new series of Arts & Society forums, we invite artists in a variety of spheres to select a work of art and explain how it has influenced them. How has their chosen piece prompted them to emulate its achievement?