Kerry Sunderland is Nelson Arts Festival Readers and Writers programme coordinator and a part-time creative writing tutor at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. She is also an author, freelance journalist, magazine editor, film reviewer and radio presenter/producer.
Kerry was awarded a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (with Merit) from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington in 2017 and, after being offered the Hachette Mentorship for 2018, is in the final stages of preparing her memoir, Beyond the Blue Door, for publication. An excerpt of an early draft of this work was published in Turbine Kapohau in 2016.
As a journalist, her writing was first published (as a contributing author) in Overseas Work, Learning Holidays, Adventure Travel in 1993, and since then has been published in a wide range of magazines, newspapers and online, including I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan (2005). She has performed as a storyteller at events including 'Couch Stories' and 'True Stories, Told Live’ and was the Monday morning breakfast show host and producer at Fresh FM in 2015.
Born in Melbourne and resident of the Byron Shire for most of her adult life, Kerry moved to Nelson at the beginning of 2013. She lived/worked in a house bus for four and a half years while roaming the Top of the South, Wellington and Kapiti Coast, until recently buying a rural property about 20 minutes north of Nelson where she now lives with her husband David, dog Lappie, three chooks and numerous tui and kereru.