TASMANIAN WRITERS’ CENTRE – ELECTION OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The new Board of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, elected last week:

CHAIR

YOUNG DAWKINS

Young Dawkins was a central figure in the New Hampshire beat revival movement, where he helped found the Jazzmouth poetry festival in 2005, before moving to Scotland and becoming a regular on the Scottish Performance Poetry scene.

He was the 2011 Scottish Slam Poetry Champion, and represented Scotland at the Slam Poetry World Cup in Paris. In August 2011, he performed a weeklong solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe which received several four star reviews, and he organised and hosted the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam from 2011-2013.

Young has had work published in several US literary journals, including Currents and Concrete Wolf. In 2001 he won the Seacoast Writers Association Poetry Prize, and his poem The Lilac Thief was included in the 2008 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. In 2010 Garrison Keillor selected his poem Letter to My Unborn Child for public broadcast on the Writer’s Almanac on NPR.

He holds a MALS in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and has twice participated in the Frost Place Summer Festival of Poetry. In June 2005, he was honoured with the creation of a Graduate Creative Writing Prize in his name at the University of New Hampshire.

Young’s first poetry collection, The Lilac Thief, was published in 2009.

In September 2013 he moved to Tasmania with his wife and young son. He is the 2014 Hobart City Slam Champion

DEPUTY CHAIR

CAROLINE DEAN

Caroline grew up surrounded by writers and writing. She is a sociologist committed to social justice principles and in her current work assists communities, workplaces and individuals to understand the dynamics between power and bullying. Professionally she encourages others to use writing as a means of developing personal agency. She has successfully implemented numerous writing and arts projects in prison environments. She is the founder of non-profit organisation Challenge Bullying which aims to eliminate the harm caused by workplace bullying. In the mid 90s Caroline was the coordinator of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.

Recently, she and her family setup the Dean Foundation in honour of her writer parents, Geoff and Elizabeth Dean. The foundation aims to promote short story writing by running an annual national short story competition.

PUBLIC OFFICER /SECRETARY

JAMES DRYBURGH

James has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Environmental Planning from the University of Tasmania and is a Manager of Development Services at Brighton Council. He has been an English teacher in Madrid for 18 months and an examiner for Cambridge University English examinations. For around five years the co-editor of Tasmanian Times and has articles and essays published in: Island, Smith Journal, New Internationalist, Arena, Tasmania 40 South, Wild Magazine, Famous Reporter. James’s first book Essays from Near and Far, is published by Walleah Press.

JOHN MARTINKUS

John grew up in Melbourne and studied international relations at Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Following a period studying Russian in Moscow, he visited East Timor and in late 1994 began writing freelance stories about the conflict, which he sold to papers in Australia and New Zealand. In 1997 he was one of only a few journalists who managed to interview the Falintil pro-independence guerillas in the mountains of East Timor under occupation, including the commander David Alex who was ambushed and killed by the Indonesians less than six months later. He returned again in mid 1997 to report on Alex’s capture and death.

DANIELLE WOOD

Danielle Wood began her writing career with the Vogel’s Prize winning novel The Alphabet of Light and Dark, which followed with the short fiction collection Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls and Mothers Grimm, and the biography Housewife Superstar: the very best of Marjorie Bligh. Along with fellow Tasmanian writer Heather Rose, she is ‘Angelica Banks’, author of the internationally successful Tuesday McGillycuddy Adventure trilogy for children. She has a keen interest in the history of Tasmanian literature and, along with Professor Ralph Crane, edited the Tasmanian short fiction anthology Deep South. When she isn’t writing, she lectures in creative writing at the University of Tasmania.

ROBBIE ARNOTT

Robbie Arnott is a Tasmanian writer whose work has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Island, Seizure, Visible Ink and the Review of Australian Fiction. He won the 2014 Scribe Nonfiction prize for Young Writers, and was a runner up in the 2014 Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award.

CAMERON HINDRUM

Cameron Hindrum is a teacher and writer living in Launceston. Since 2003, he has coordinated the annual Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and for nearly 20 years he has organised spoken word events, readings, literary events and poetry slams for a variety of organisations including the Australian Poetry Slam, Tasmanian Living Writers Week, the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and the Junction Arts Festival. His novel The Blue Cathedral (Forty South Books) was published in late 2011, and this was followed in 2012 by two volumes of poetry, Private Conversations Volumes 1 and 2 (Another Lost Shark and Walleah Press respectively). He completed an MA in Creative Writing in 2013, a residential fellowship at Varuna in NSW during January 2016 and is continuing work on a Doctorate in Creative Arts through the University of Wollongong, for which he is working on his second novel.

POLLY MCGEE

Dr Polly McGee has a diverse suite of skills that span strategic and policy creation, to content, education and facilitation, new venture advice, grant review, advocacy and lobbying. She consults to Commonwealth and State Government, private enterprise and NFPs, in the digital, innovation and startup sector. Polly is co-founder and Vice President of Startup Tasmania, Vice President of Produce to the People and a Board member of the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

ROBYN MUNDY

Dr Robyn Mundy is the author of two novels, The Nature of Ice published by Allen & Unwin, and Wildlight published in 2016 by Picador. She is co-author of the young readers’ non-fiction adventure book Epic Adventure: Epic Voyages, while her short fiction appears in Australian and USA literary journals, and in The Best Australian Stories.

Robyn holds a PhD in Writing and a Master of Arts in English. In Hobart she works as a sessional university lecturer in creative writing, and runs workshops with the Tasmanian Writers Centre. Robyn also works seasonally for Aurora Expeditions as an Assistant Expedition Leader on eco-tour voyages to the polar regions.

Robyn is enthusiastic and encouraging in her teaching roles; she loves helping writers—whether emerging or established—to achieve their writing goals. Visit Robyn’s website here.