Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent's first novel, Burial Rites (2013), was translated into 30 languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Stella Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award, and is being adapted for film by TriStar Pictures.

Her second novel, The Good People (2016) was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the Queensland Literary Awards and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. It is currently being adapted for film by Aquarius Productions.

Hannah is a passionate advocate for our child sponsorship program, having sponsored children in Chad and Jerusalem West Bank Gaza. As a mother with a young daughter, Hannah hopes that the girls she sponsors will be empowered with the same opportunities her daughter receives in Australia. 

World Vision’s work

World Vision Australia works globally with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Our work in long-term community development, policy advocacy and change, and emergency relief addresses not only the symptoms of poverty, but also its complex and interrelated causes.

Hannah sponsors two girls and has a daughter, and has a special interest in gender empowerment, which is a key platform for our work. We tackle this issue at a local and international level through advocacy and through development programs that focus on areas including livelihoods, water, health, education and preventing gender-based violence.

In the media

Hannah Kent

Hannah first become involved with World Vision when she wrote an article for the Sydney Morning Herald in support of #kidsoffnauru. As a mother Hannah drew comparisons between the power and powerlessness of parenthood with the powerlessness the children and families are experiencing on Nauru.

You can read Hannah’s article here

ABC's the Hub

Hannah continued to advocate for the children on Nauru in her interview with The ABC’s the Hub and discussed how she feels compelled to use her platform to speak out on social injustice.

You can listen to Hannah’s 11 minute interview with ABC radio here

Five AA

Most recently Hannah spoke with Adelaide 5aa about becoming a Patron for World Vision and the importance of child sponsorship and her faith in World Vision’s ability to change the lives of not only the child but the community.

You can listen to Hannah’s 13-minute interview with 5aa below.