Kerry Sunderland is an Australian writer now based in Te Tauihu (top of the South Island). She has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington (2016) and was joint winner of the 2018 Hachette Mentorship in Australia for her soon-to-be published memoir, Beyond the Blue Door. An excerpt of an early draft of this work was published in Turbine Kapohau in 2016.
Her personal essay, ‘Scared to Death’, was published in Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (Victoria University Press) in 2018.
Since 2018, she has been the curator of the Nelson Arts Festival’s literary programme, Pukapuka Talks, and has interviewed some of Aotearoa’s most acclaimed authors on stage.
For the past two decades, Kerry has worked has a professional writer, magazine editor and freelance journalist. Her words have appeared in North & South, The Spinoff, Stuff/The Nelson Mail and Wild Tomato in New Zealand and Research News, Inside Film, Screen Education, Metro Magazine and HR Monthly in Australia. She was the Australian correspondent for UK-based magazine, Research World, for several years.
Until recently, she was also a part-time creative writer tutor at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. From 2017 to 2020 she was co-editor, with Cliff Fell, of NMIT’s online literary journal, kiss me hardy, as well as co-host/co-producer (with NMIT Dip Writing students) of a radio programme on Fresh FM of the same name.
Kerry also has broadcast experience as a film reviewer (ABC Northcoast, Australia) and as a breakfast show radio presenter/producer (Fresh FM, Nelson, NZ). She has performed as a storyteller at events including 'Couch Stories' (Nelson) and 'True Stories, Told Live’ (Motueka).
Born in Melbourne and resident of the Byron Shire for most of her adult life, Kerry moved to Nelson at the beginning of 2013. After living and working in a house bus for four and a half years and then owning a historic property in North Nelson, she is now part of an experimental ‘co-housing’ project near Motueka.