Shepparton Library - Author Visit

  • When: 24 Oct 2018 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Where: Shepparton Library 41 Marungi St.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Shepparton Library 1300 374 765

Leo Kennedy speaking on his new book, Black Snake: the Real Story of Ned Kelly

Leo Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy and he was raised in the shadow of his great grandfather’s murder. Leo wrote Black Snake with Mic Looby. Mic is a writer, editor and illustrator.

The story of Ned Kelly is Australia’s most heralded myth. Black Snake tells the victim’s side of the story for the first time. Written by the great grandson of one of the policemen murdered at Stringybark Creek, Black Snake is the most compelling rebuttal of the Ned Kelly myth ever told. The story of Ned Kelly is also the untold story of Michael Kennedy, the police sergeant slain and robbed by the outlaw 140 years ago. Both Kennedy and Kelly were Irish immigrants struggling to make their way in the new colonies of Australia – Kennedy was committed to defending the law, while Kelly was hell-bent on breaking it. When their paths crossed one fateful day at Stringybark Creek, it triggered the end for one and the beginning of an incredible myth about the other.

Wednesday 24th October, 7.00 - 8.00 pm.

Bookings are essential. For bookings, please phone the library on 1300 374 765 or email shepparton@gvrlc.vic.gov.au by Tuesday 23rd October.