Kerry Sunderland
Contributing author, Headlands @VUPbooks 2018,
@NelsonArtsFest Pukapuka Talks coordinator,
new book - Beyond the Blue Door - out soon.
Kerry Sunderland is an Australian writer who now lives in the top of the South Island, Aotearoa New Zealand.

In 2016, she completed a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) at the International Institute for Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University of Wellington, during which she wrote the first draft of her memoir, Beyond the Blue Door. Kerry was joint winner of the 2018 Hachette Mentorship, in Australia, for a subsequent draft of Beyond the Blue Door.

Her personal essay, ‘Scared to Death’, was published in Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (Victoria University Press, 2018). ‘Scared to Death’ deals with similar themes to Beyond the Blue Door. It is currently being adapted for the screen by Auckland-based producer David Jacobs and director Mia Maramara.

Since 2018, she has been the curator of the Nelson Arts Festival’s literary programme, Pukapuka Talks.

Kerry also has broadcast experience as a film reviewer (ABC Northcoast, Australia) and radio presenter/producer (Fresh FM, Nelson, NZ). She has performed as a storyteller at events including 'Couch Stories' and 'True Stories, Told Live’.

In September 2021, Kerry is launching a new radio show and podcast series about death and dying.

Born in Melbourne and resident of the Byron Shire for most of her adult life, Kerry moved to Whakatū 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.
Professional experience
Nelson Arts Festival
Pukapuka Talks (literary programme) Coordinator, 2018 - present
Write Across New Zealand
Residential writing retreat convenor & creative writing learning facilitator, 2018 - present
Write Across Media
Copywriter and editor, 2013 - present
Freelance journalist
News reports, feature articles and broadcast interviews, 1991 - present
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
Diploma in Writing programme coordinator & tutor, 2017 - 2020
Journey Beyond Road Trauma
Founder, 2008 - 2012
Evolve Media Consulting Pty Ltd
Owner/Director, 1999 - 2013
Education Image
Senior Consultant, 1992 - 1998
Master of Arts (Creative Writing)
Victoria University of Wellington, 2017
Graduate Diploma in Evaluation
University of Melbourne, 1995
Bachelor of Arts
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
(now RMIT University), 1991
For the past two decades, Kerry has worked as 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.