Dr Kelly is a science writer, who completed her PhD at La Trobe University, Melbourne, in the English Program as a non-fiction writer. Her research field is primary orality – the way cultures store and transmit masses of information when they have no contact with writing. She looks at the application of primary orality to archaeology. It is the topic of an academic book with Cambridge University Press, Knowledge and power in prehistoric societies, and her current work, Ancient Memory Spaces, for a mainstream audience.
Dr Kelly's education began with a Bachelor of Engineering at Monash University (1973), Graduate Diploma of Computing from Deakin University, Diploma of Education from Rusden State College, Master of Education from Melbourne University. She has spent her working career combining secondary teaching, writing and studying. She is now an Honorary Research Associate at LaTrobe University in the School of Arts, Communication and Critical Enquiry. She has been awarded an Arts Victoria literary grant for 2015.
Other recent books include:
- The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal* (Aus), Allen & Unwin, 2004
- Crocodile: evolution’s greatest survivor*, Allen & Unwin, 2006
- Spiders: learning to love them* (Aus, US), Allen & Unwin, 2009
Before that she has published 11 science education books and a novel