The other side of the story

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - Jans@gvrlc.vic.gov.au

Au­thor Leo Kennedy will speak about his new book Black Snake: The Real Story of Ned Kelly at Co­bram Li­brary on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24.

Kennedy is the great­grand­son of Sergeant Michael Kennedy, the po­lice­man slain by Aus­tralia’s most in­fa­mous out­law more than 140 years ago, and he was raised in the shadow of his great-grand­fa­ther’s mur­der.

Kennedy lives with his fam­ily in Mel­bourne, where he works as a lawyer, and he is a mem­ber of the Blue Rib­bon Foun­da­tion.

Kennedy wrote Black Snake with writer, ed­i­tor and il­lus­tra­tor Mic Looby.

Black Snake tells the vic­tim’s side of the Kelly story for the first time.

Both Sgt Kennedy and Kelly were Ir­ish im­mi­grants strug­gling to make their way in the new colonies of Aus­tralia. 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.

Leo Kennedy will speak at Co­bram Li­brary at 2 pm and Shep­par­ton Li­brary at 7 pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24. For book­ings, please phone the li­brary where you would like to at­tend the talk on 1300 374 765 by Oc­to­ber 23. For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Goul­burn Val­ley Li­braries se­nior projects li­brar­ian Jan Sut­ton on 1300 374 765 or 5832 1612 or email

Au­thor visit: Au­thor Leo Kennedy will speak about his new book in Co­bram.

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