Sarah has worked in the arts for more than 20 years, as a writer, community arts worker, screen producer, arts manager, programmer and creative producer, working for organisations as diverse as Brown’s Mart Community Arts, the ABC’s international television service (Australia Network), and the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. She sits on a number of arts industry and tertiary advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee of Adelaide Writers Week. She is the recipient of a 2014 Australia Council Artistic Leadership Grant to spend time with writers and the literary sector in Singapore and Malaysia.
Bethany Clark is a public relations and communications consultant with extensive experience within the Australian publishing landscape as a program manager, editor, publicist, tour manager and sherpa. She is passionate about promoting Australian literature and works with authors, publishers, booksellers, libraries, writing centres and national reading and literacy organisations to promote their work, build their profiles and develop their readerships.
Bethany has a degree in Communications Media Management and is currently juggling a Masters in Public Relations and Writing and Literature with much more fun things like producing the Arts Breakfast show on Radio Adelaide and chatting to authors for Writers Radio.
Simone Corletto is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours (Creative Writing) from Flinders University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) from The University of Adelaide. She’s written freelance for What Degree? What University?, RiAus, Heckler, Trev and Rip it Up. She has written for and edited Empire Times, and is currently one of the co-directors of Speakeasy Flinders.
She has also written for and edited the upcoming anthology CRUSH, published by Midnight Sun in 2017.
Between all that, she writes YA feminist science fiction and dystopias, and stories about angsty teenage Superheroes.
Ali Cobby Eckermann
Ali’s first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009. Her works have been published in various languages, and she has travelled widely to showcase Aboriginal poetry overseas. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Australian Poetry’s Ambassador, won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. She was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers’ Week, and is the first Aboriginal Australian author invited to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa in 2014. Her memoir Too Afraid To Cry was launched in New Delhi India in 2015, on her way to Jaipur Literature Festival. In 2016 Ali presented a Keynote at the Active Aesthetics conference in Berkeley California. She regularly appears in the SA Writers Centre program, as well as appearing as a feature writer at Pirrku Warrapinna as part of the TARNANTHI Festival.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) from Flinders University, and worked as a freelance filmmaker before settling on his passion for writing.
Matthew’s fiction has been published in ‘Dimension6’ and ‘Sword and Sorcery Magazine’, he’s received three Honourable Mentions in the Writers of the Future contest, and he’s an article writer, reviewer and first reader for ‘Grimdark Magazine’. He also writes for ‘bestfantasybooks.com’ and
creates adventure modules for ‘Heroes’ Tears’, an upcoming tabletop role playing game.
He wrote and directed his debut stage-work, a dramatic play titled ‘Linger’, in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe festival, and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for the stage play by the Flinders University Young Playwrights Award.
He’s somewhat allergic to reality and so escapes into fiction more often than is probably healthy.
Admin and Membership Co-ordinator
Cat attended the University of Adelaide and Centre for the Performing Arts studying theatre, film and acting.
Film production work has included working with Rolf de Heer at Hendon Studios; The Matrix sequels at Fox Studios, Sydney, and most recently Foxtel/Matchbox Picture’s ‘Deadline Gallipoli’ at Adelaide Studios.
Cat has also worked in administration, travel coordination, publicity and marketing at Rising Sun Pictures; Adelaide Festival of Arts; Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Tutti Arts Inc., Sydney Opera House and Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Cat is a prolific reader – the more offbeat, the better!