Bio

Write Across Media’s founder Kerry Sunderland has a Bachelor of Arts from RMIT, specialising in journalism, media studies and marketing communication, along with a Graduate Diploma in Evaluation from the University of Melbourne, specialising in qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has also successfully completed a number of short courses in both traditional and interactive screen writing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and poetry and creative non-fiction at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

For the first 10 years of her career, Kerry Sunderland worked for a student union and a media agency whose clients included various trade unions, health promotion agencies and other socially progressive organisations.

By the mid 90s, Kerry saw an opportunity to carve out a niche as a content creator in the new world of the World Wide Web and undertook a largely self-funded interactive media study-tour in North America in early 1996. She then started producing web sites.

After spending 18 months living and working in the United Kingdom in the late 90s, Kerry returned to Australia and started her own business, Evolve Media Consulting, at the end of 1999. She is now based for part of the year in Nelson, in the top of New Zealand’s South Island, but also spends time in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales in Australia, where she has been based since 2001.

Kerry has researched and written for magazines, web sites, education curriculum, training materials, CD games and, more recently, multi-platform documentaries which are produced for the big screen, television and online delivery.

From October 2000 to June 2012, she was managing editor of RESEARCH NEWS, producing 129 editions of the monthly magazine of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (www.amsrs.com.au).

Over the past decade, Kerry has also written feature articles for a wide range of other publications including INSIDE FILM, METRO, FILMINK, HR MONTHLY and AUSTRALIAN EDUCATOR. She has also worked as a freelance travel writer and film reviewer (most recently, in early 2012, for ABC North Coast Radio).

The majority of her words are still destined for print, although the remainder are increasingly finding their way to digital platforms like broadband sites and DVD.

Kerry produced the web site for the Australian International Documentary Conference in 2003 and, since then, has specialised in producing documentary web sites and DVDs.

In conjunction with Hatchling Productions, she secured funding for the web site to accompany the award-winning documentary THE MAN WHO STOLE MY MOTHER’S FACE, then oversaw interface design and the production of all content (www.themanwhostolemymothersface.com).

In early 2005, Kerry produced the web site for the multi-platform documentary I TOLD YOU I WAS ILL: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF SPIKE MILLIGAN (www.spikemilliganlegacy.com).

In 2009, she produced the web site for award winning documentary THE BURNING SEASON (2009) at www.theburningseasonmovie.com.

In 2008, Kerry teamed up with director Sandra Cook to produce an online social network called Journey Beyond Road Trauma. JBRT was launched at Easter in 2010. In 2011, it was a finalist in the inaugural 3M-ACRS Diamond Australian Road Safety Awards and also in the 2011 Australian Road Safety Awards. Find out more at www.journeybeyondroadtrauma.org.

Kerry is currently host and producer of Fresh Start Monday on Fresh FM, which broadcasts across the top of New Zealand’s South Island.

Photo of Kerry Sunderland outside Fresh FM in Nelson, NZ