Kate Veitch was born in Adelaide in 1955. She left home and school at fifteen and has published, along the way, a non-fiction exploration of parenting, as well as journalism and book reviews for the Sydney Morning Herald and Vogue amongst others. She also produced 'Their Brilliant Careers', a series of programs on women writers for Radio National. Kate is based in Melbourne, where her brothers and adult son live, but spends half the year in New York with her partner. Listen (Without a Backward Glance) is her first novel.