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Kate Ceberano – Unsung – A Compendium of Creativity

Simon & Schuster Australia are delighted to announce today that they will be publishing Unsung – A Compendium of Creativity by Australian music icon Kate Ceberano on 1 November 2023.

Unsung takes readers on an inspiring journey into a world of creativity, offering a unique perspective on Kate’s artistic process. Drawing on her lifelong experiences as a prolific musician, performer and creative soul, this beautifully illustrated memoir features all the things in life that inspire Kate: song lyrics, short stories, essays, poems, sheet music and images of her beautiful embroidered quilts, painted guitars and artworks.

Kate’s autobiographical stories are lyrical and immerse the reader in her compelling creative mind and spirit. As a beloved figure in the Australian music industry, Kate Ceberano’s foray into writing showcases her versatility and creativity beyond the stage.

Unsung emerged from the barriers that Kate encountered during the Covid pandemic, which served as a catalyst for her to seek out an alternative channel for her restless creative spirit. Though she had commenced recording My Life Is A Symphony with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Kate found herself at an artistic impasse when the pandemic put an indefinite hold on the album recording. And so, with characteristic passion, abundance and joy, Kate liberated her unsung songs.

They flowed through her paintbrush as she embellished guitars, her needle as she stitched quilts to envelop her beloveds and her pen as she unfurled stories, poems and songs.

“I’m so happy to have been able to create this book. It’s like a small wooden chest filled with paintings, quilts, songs and stories, that I hope someone will discover and muse across it and dream about what legacy they might like to create for themselves. It’s a physical object that anchors me to an ephemeral concept. Life, our stories, our sense of belonging – these are my stories, but they could alsobe yours.” – Kate Ceberano


Singer, songwriter, performer and artist Kate Ceberano celebrated one of the most enduring and inspirational careers in Australian music with the release of her 30th album in 2023. The album My Life Is A Symphony, a collaboration with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, went straight to the top of the charts. Over four decades she’s notched up an incredible 10 Top 10 albums, 11 Platinum and 8 Gold status, 15 Top 40 singles, 3 Countdown awards, 4 ARIA awards and over 6000 live performances.

Kate’s jaw-dropping voice first came to national attention with her band I’m Talking. Their debut album Bear Witness is enshrined among Rolling Stone’s 200 Greatest Australian Albums of All Time. Career highlights include her record-breaking run with John Farnham in Jesus Christ Superstar, her triple platinum debut solo pop album Brave, and her 2014 induction into the Australian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Kate is a musical force, an electrifying live performer and one of the greatest voices of her generation.

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