JUDE, THE writer

Jude has written for various publications over the years.

For a few years in the 1990s she had her own column called “Dear Jude” in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly. She answered reader’s letters on whatever their personal issues might be - their love life, their family, their career, whatever was on their mind. She used a mixture of solid research and her own experience and knowledge, and delivered it with a touch of humour if appropriate to lighten the message.

Later she had another weekly column in The Aucklander (part of The Herald) called “Family Matters”. For six years every week from 2006 to 2011, when the supplement finished, she wrote on whatever inspired, annoyed or amused her. Often based round issues of the day, and/or reflections on a busy family life with three children, columns were sometimes solemn, sometimes funny, and anything in between.

She has also enjoyed researching and writing material for MC’ing, hosting, debating, and doing speeches over the years for many and varied organisations.  

Video content she has produced has also needed writing input when creating the story and finding the intent of the message needing to be expressed.  Associated written text also needs to have a similar tone, manner and intent.

Taking an idea and expressing it in a written form so it feels understandable and relatable to the reader is something Jude enjoys doing. This discipline is the same be it for report and proposal writing for funders and stakeholders, or pulling together background research.

With her love of travel, she can regularly be found in print about her travels and experiences. You'll find some examples here from France, another from Sardinia here and Dubai here, with more to come! She has travelled to France on more than one occasion driven by her interest in New Zealanders on the Western Front, researching and writing about the men who never came back from Passchendaele as well as those who survived the hellish existence, like her grandfather.

She has also blogged regularly for Family Health Diary on family and health and anything in between. She end to end produces promotional videos - for which writing and editing is the backbone skill, and also regularly writes and produces digital content in a commercial communications contract. She blogs for the Raising Children website and has overseen the writing of parenting tips in even briefer form in the way of push notifications for the associated app.

Jude is currently enrolled in a Postgraduate Certificate of Public Health, so doing some academic writing as well. Another sort of writing altogether!