Also writes as: Nora McAuliffe
Born: Established: Dunedin, Otago, South Island,
While writing the 'Dunedin Letter' for the Christchurch Sun, Nora Kelly contributed poetry and short stories to the Lone Hand (q.v.) and the Bulletin. Settling in Sydney, she initially found employment in a shipping office before becoming a long-time member of the literary staff of the Bulletin. Writing under the pseudonym Nora McAuliffe, Kelly was responsible for the Bulletin's 'Women's Letter' which reported news and events that were current in the Sydney social calendar.
Her second published poetry monograph, 1940-1942 (1944), was a narrative war poem which won her wide acclaim.