KIM KANE was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for ‘…a writer, a dancer or a poet’. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practise law. Kim’s picture book Family Forest was shortlisted for the 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards. The Vegetable Ark was a 2011 CBCA Notable Book in two categories. Kim’s first novel,Pip: the story of Olive, won the 2008 Barbara Ramsden Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards and the Speech Pathology Australian awards. Kim lives with her family in Melbourne. She writes whenever and wherever she can.