Anne Kennedy

Novelist, award-winning poet and short-story writer, editor, literary critic and scriptwriter.


Anne Kennedy is a writer of fiction, screenplays and poetry. She weaves many influences and images into her writing including music, art and film, all underpinned by a wry humour and a sparkling imagination. Long known for the poetic qualities of her fiction, she turned to her hand to poetry in 2003 with the sequence Sing-song, which was named Poetry Book of the Year at the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Kennedy followed up this success with The Time of the Giants in 2005, which was shortlisted at the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and The Darling North, a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards.

Kennedy's fiction has been published internationally, including the novels Musica Ficta (AUP) and A Boy and His Uncle (Picador). She won the 1985 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award, has won the ICI Award and has been the Literary Fellow (Writer in Residence) at The University of Auckland.

Kennedy's screenplays include Crush (1992) and Monkey's Mask (2001), which was based on Dorothy Porter's verse novel and was a finalist for Best Adapted Screenplay in the Australian FCCA Film Awards 2002 and the Australian Film Institute Awards.

Anne is the Victoria University of Wellington / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2016, based at the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).