Kerry Sunderland is an author, freelance journalist, editor, film reviewer and radio presenter/producer. Since 2018, she has been the curator of the Nelson Arts Festival's literary programme, Pukapuka Talks. From 2017 to 2020, she was also a part-time creative writing tutor at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Kerry has convened four residential writing retreats to date and has several more planned for 2021.
After being awarded a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (with Merit) from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington in 2017, Kerry was joint winner of the 2018 Hachette Mentorship in Australia. Her memoir, Beyond the Blue Door, will be published in 2021. An excerpt of an early draft of this work was published in Turbine Kapohau in 2016.
Her essay, 'Scared to Death', explores similar themes to Beyond the Blue Door and was published in Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (VUP, 2018).
As a journalist, Kerry's writing has been published in a wide range of publications including North & South, The Spinoff, Wild Tomato, Nelson Mail/Stuff, NZ Yoga Scene, Inside Film, Metro Magazine, Filmink, Research News, Research World, HR Monthly and Australian Educator as well as major digital media projects accompanying documentary films including The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face (2003), I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan (2005) and The Burning Season (2009). 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. She now lives in a small co-housing community near Kaiteriteri.