Born in Christchurch, Julie Kennedy is currently a Picton-based writer. The Marlborough Sounds and local landscape inspire her writing, both non-fiction and poetry.
Her book Katherine Mansfield in Picton was published in 2000 and was one of 40 books selected by NZSA to be on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2012. She has also compiled a Chronology of Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound (Volume 1 to 2009) for the Picton Museum.
She has poetry in a number of anthologies and in the Aotearoa Sound Archive. In 2011 she co-edited a poetry anthology, Reflections, and in 2016 edited Impressions: Picton Poets an anthology. Two of her poems have been selected for display in the Nelson Museum window.
Julie was Top of the South Branch Delegate to the NZSA National Council from 2008 to April 2010. Her skills include proof reading and editing and she often gets involved in Council-initiated community projects. She occasionally tweets @ JulieKennedy17.
She is an active member of Picton Poets, Marlborough Writers and Writers of Picton, and is on the committee that organised the inaugural Writers’ Forum in Picton in 2014 and subsequent Indie Writers' and Publishers' Forums.
Her interest in conservation means she belongs to Eco artists NZ and also, by being a ‘Friend’, supports the establishment of a bird sanctuary on Kaipupu Point in Picton Harbour.
Future writing plans include publishing a selection of her poetry and a non-fiction illustrated book based on Journals kept by Captain James Cook in the 1770s in Queen Charlotte Sound.
Julie is also a member of the website