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Anne Kennedy is a poet, novelist and screenwriter. She has published seven books in the form of poetry collection, novel, novella or verse novel. Her work has been published in NZ Listener, Landfall, JAAM, Sport and Southerly (Australia). Reviewer Louise O’Brien wrote that her novel The Last Days of the National Costume (Allen & Unwin, 2013) ‘offers an irresistible combination of charm and wit…The wordplay is glorious and very playful indeed’. Describing The Darling North, a poetry collection, North & South wrote that the ‘whole volume sings with music’.
Anne’s awards include the NZ Post Book Award for Poetry (2013), Montana NZ Book Award for Poetry (2004), and the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award (1984). The Last Days of the National Costume was shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Award for Fiction (2014). Screen credits include the adaptation, The Monkey’s Mask and Crush, co-written with director Alison Maclean. Anne has co-edited several works, including Best NZ Poems, taught fiction and screenwriting at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa and is now on the staff at Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology where she is also editor of Ika, A Journal of Literature and Arts.
Anne has appeared in a variety of festival roles both nationally and internationally and was Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (2006). She has been awarded the University of Auckland Literary Fellowship (1995), and Michael King Fellow at the University of Auckland (2014). In 2016 she became Writer-in-Residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.
The Ice Shelf (VUP, 2018), Anne’s latest novel, is an eco-comedy that explores the dangers of wasting love and other no-renewable resources.
Anne returns to the death of her brother and the world he inhabited in her new poetry collection Moth Hour (AUP, 2019), a complex, ambitious piece of writing and a moving poetic engagement with tragedy.
Anne Kennedy’s website
New Zealand Book Council profile page
Auckland University Press author page
Victoria University Press author page
NZ Poetry Shelf (Paula Green) review of The Ice Shelf (Oct, 2018)
Radio NZ None to Noon review of The Ice Shelf (Oct, 2018)
Interview in the New Zealand Listener (2013)
The Last Days of the National Costume: Interview on Radio New Zealand (2013)
The Last Days of the National Costume: Interview on Radio National Australia (2013)
The Darling North: Interview on Radio New Zealand (2012)