Julie Kennedy (b. 1947)
Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):
1. As I grow Older
2. Harbourmaster’s Cottage, Picton
3. Cooks on TV
4. Temperamental Pathway
5. My First Home
6. Picton Perspective
7. Motel Holiday
8. Forgotten Garden
9. You Did Not Know
10. Mind Garden
11. Louella’s Farewell
12. Into My Seaview
13. Your Coffee
14. Now You Know How It Is.
16. Drift into a Painting
Bio / Bibliography:
I was born in Christchurch in 1947. I lived in England, Tonga (NZ Correspondence), and Uganda as a child. Most of my secondary schooling was at St. Cuthbert’s College, Auckland. I attended Auckland University from 1966-1968, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. I married in 1969 but have since divorced.
I completed a one-year graduate course at Auckland Secondary Teacher’s College, taught for a couple of years, then travelled extensively in England and Europe. I spent three years in Papua New Guinea and on my return studied for the Diploma in English as a Second Language at Victoria University. I then taught secondary school and at a Polytechnic.
I lived for five years (1985-1990), in a cottage at Days Bay, Wellington, across the road from the house where Katherine Mansfield holidayed in her youth. I then moved to Picton and started working on my book, Katherine Mansfield in Picton, which was published in 2000. I also continued writing poetry. I have a daughter, MaryAnne (1990).
My interests are reading, gardening, listening to music, walking, knitting and swimming. I belong to several historical groups: Life member of the Edwin Fox Restoration Society (Picton), Picton Historical Society, Marlborough Historical Society, New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the New Zealand Forest and Bird Society. I am an active member of Picton Writers and Picton Poets, Friends of the Library (Picton), and am on the committee of Creative Marlborough (Marlborough Community Arts Council). I have typed, proof read and helped edit several books written by others. I have acted as a guide for Katherine Mansfield walks around Picton and written a self-guide brochure. Through Picton Poets and Picton Writers I have been involved with the organisation of Montana Poetry Day (Picton), and Artrageous - an annual community arts day in Blenheim - and the annual Cool Book Fest.
October 2000: Non-Fiction book: Katherine Mansfield in Picton, Cape Catley.
Poetry published in Marlborough newspapers and New Zealand Poetry Society anthologies.
Forthcoming: Poem: ‘As I Grow Older’, in My Garden, My Paradise, ed. Christine Stachurski, Hazard Press (scheduled for May 2003)