Kerry Cue is a humorist, mathematician, journalist, and author.
She loved The Andy Griffith Show in the sixties, along with Ron Howard, who played the little kid. "Later I realized I was that little kid," explains Kerry. "I grew up in a police station in rural Australia where the police phone and radio sat on our kitchen bench and my father's Lithgow .22 rifle rested against the fridge. There were five kids, a dog, a cat, ferrets, a budgie, chickens, a sheep, and total chaos. At 10 years of age I’d have a tray shoved in my hand by my mother and told to 'go feed the prisoner.' I had to pour the prisoner's tea from a pot through the bars." Kerry wrote three books about her hilarious childhood.
"It was far too crazy to study at home so I had the keys to the local courthouse, which was built in 1856, and I did my high school homework in the jury room." Later Kerry studied science/engineering at Melbourne University and taught maths and science for 10 diabolical years before becoming a bestselling Australian author of 20 humorous and educational books, including Life On a G-String, I Left My Heart in Chinkapook ... and My Knickers in New York, and MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid.
She has written columns for every major newspaper in Australia, with some running for over 20 years. "The best thing about being a humorist," says Kerry, "is that you get to give totally unreliable advice to absolutely anyone on any topic." She also travels around Australia enlivening serious but dull conferences with humorous presentations, such as her stress-management talk titled "And When You Smile, Try to Look Sane." She is the maths blogger Mathspig, with over one million hits. Following the popularity of her blog, she spoke at the International Congress of Mathematical Education in Hamburg in 2016 as that very rare breed, a comic math blogger.
Kerry has two adult children and stepchildren. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and her little dog.