Dawn Kennedy writer

Born in Northern Ireland, I lived in Cape Town, South Africa for 23 years and have recently returned to the UK.

In addition to working as a journalist, columnist, arts writer and copywriter,  I’ve held several editorial positions on publications, including, Sync’Up Magazine (editor), Varsity Daze (editor), O Magazine (feature editor) and 021 magazine (co-editor).

As the senior lecturer in journalism at City Varsity I taught popular courses in long-form non-fiction and creative writing to both students and adult learners. I published the book Writing Features: For Websites and Magazines based on the course content that I created.

In 2015, I was awarded funding by ANFASA (Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa) to write a work of narrative non-fiction, Saving South African Cycads.

An early adopter in the digital landscape I’ve embraced the challenge of keeping the integrity of the writing craft online and I manage social media accounts for bespoke clients.

A passionate proponent of the arts, in 2016 I joined Cape Town Opera as a Marketing Executive and established a strong and engaged online presence for the company.

Editorial positions:

Features Editor for O magazine,

Editor of Sync’Up an Ogilvy and Mather publication.

Co-editor of 021 magazine.

Senior lecturer in journalism and creative writing at City Varisty, Cape Town, South Africa.


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