Dr Kate Kennedy is the Weinrebe Research Fellow in Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford. She is the Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, and she teaches in both the English and Music Faculties. She completed a PhD in 2009 at the University of Cambridge on the work of Ivor Gurney, and her biography Ivor Gurney – Dweller in Shadows will be published by Princeton University Press in 2018.
Other publications include: The silent morning: culture, memory and the armistice, 1918 (Manchester University Press, 2013). The First World War: literature, music, memory (The Journal of First World War Studies, Routledge), The Cambridge Companion to Women Composers (CUP, forthcoming), Literary Britten: (a compendium of essays examining Britten’s music through his relationship to his texts) (CUP, forthcoming).
She has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to write her next biography, The Fateful Voyage, charting the friendship of Rupert Brooke and composers William Denis Browne and FS Kelly. The radio version of the book was broadcast on Radio 3 on 24 June 2014 from the City of London Festival, performed by James Gilchrist, Matthew Cammelle and Iain Burnside.
Kate is interested in developing the concept of the recital, experimenting with blending biography and archival research with elements taken from the theatre and the concert platform. Her dramatized recitals The Fateful Voyage, A Music of One’s Own, The Dark Pastoral, Literary Britten and To His Love are performed regularly throughout the UK by leading actors and singers including Fiona Shaw, Sarah Connolly and Simon Russell Beale. The Dark Pastoral has also been recorded as a CD (Altara Records).
She writes for BBC Music Magazine, and gives talks at literary and music festivals around the country, and at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Southbank Centre, and is a regular guest on BBC Radio 3, on programmes such as Essential Classics, Composer of the Week, Music Matters, and the Proms Plus series. She is the consultant to Radio 3 for their First World War programming, and has appeared on BBC 2 and 4 television.
She is represented by agents Capel and Land: