Meet the Team
Join the team in 2016! Find out more on our Apply to Volunteer page
Explore our program of events and buy tickets by visiting our Events page
Chloe Higgins – Director
In 2015, she was named the 2016 Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Emerging Writer-in-Residence, and the 2016 Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Resident at Varuna.
Linda Godfrey – Program Manager
Poet. Writer. Editor. Program Manager for the Wollongong Writers Festival. Series editor of microliterature anthologies, reader, manuscript assessor and judge. Cooker of cakes and eater of chocolate. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Cordite, Meniscus, Cuttlefish, the UTS Writers’ Anthology, Nine Tenths Below, Escape and Flashing the Square, audio anthologies by River Road Press, online, and other anthologies. She is a fiction reader for Overland magazine. She has been the recipient of a Varuna Longlines Residency Program, and an Australian Society of Authors mentorship. Curator of Rocket Readings, readings of poetry sponsored by South Coast Writers Centre, at the Wollongong Art Gallery.
Hayley Scrivenor – Sponsorship Coordinator
@HayleyScrivenor is a writer, feminist and Billy Joel fan. She is the Sponsorship Coordinator for Wollongong Writers Festival and loves scrounging up dollars to support the Arts. This year she also heads up our inaugural Short Story Prize and is excited to provide writers with an outlet for their excellent short stories.
She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Wollongong, looking at uses of the first person plural in literature. You can find some of her work published in Seizure Online, SCUM, Phantasmagoria Magazine, SWAMP and prowlings.
Adara is a poet and editor with dreams in her eyes and cinnamon donuts in her hands. Between fundraising for the WWF, Adara is the media and marketing coordinator for the South Coast Writers Centre, regularly chickening out of performing at poetry slams, and in general worming herself into Wollongong’s growing creative writing community.
Kristy Wandmaker – Family Area Coordinator
Kristy is a mum who used to be cool and have time for things like reading and owning a record store. Now she’s busy working at Bundanon Trust and being a mum – which are both even cooler. An escaped Victorian, she is of course a sports tragic, but she prefers to spend most of her time in the arts, helping amazing thinkers and doers to create amazing experiences. Her only publishing credit is a poem that was published in Girlfriend magazine when she was 12, that called the band Silverchair ‘Nirvana in pyjamas’.
A PhD student, Nikolajs enjoys reading books, riding bicycles, and taking long walks off short piers.
Sarah is a writer living in rural Victoria. She started out at Wollongong Writers Festival as a marketing volunteer and progressed into her current role as Funding Manager this year. Her work has been published in Overland, SQ Mag and New Myths. She likes dogs, choc chip brownies and 80s fantasy films.
Lorin Reid – Texas to the Gong Slam Coordinator
Lorin is a spoken word poet from Thirroul who co-founded the Enough Said poetry slam in Wollongong and is celebrating the release of her first EP, Poems. Lorin recently arrived home after her Finding Crossroads USA poetry tour with Rachel Calleja, and has since started knitting a fairy penguin. She’s producing poetry events in the festival and helping out wherever.
Sofia Casanova – Marketing & Publicity Manager
Sofia considers herself a writer, sometimes editor and lover of all nerdy things. She only likes lukewarm tea, and since being the festival’s marketing assistant, there have been many cups. Sofia has a literary blog called The Literary Casanova (which she updates most of the time) and won’t go anywhere without a book in her bag.
Instagram: The Literary Casanova
Ally Griffith is a freelance graphic designer. Her work is driven by the passion to create mighty-fine designs which communicate with clarity and simplicity. Her strong ambition as a graphic designer is to pair design hand in hand with ethical and mindful practices. She thinks that all design should leave with a positive impact. She also enjoys talking about herself in third person.
Joshua Mei-Ling Dubrau holds a PhD in Creative Writing from UNSW. Her work has appeared in Poetry and the Trace (Puncher & Wattman, 2013), Australian Poetry Journal and the APJ Anthology, Southerly, Cordite, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, The Night Road (Newcastle Poetry Prize judges’ anthology 2009) and Computer Music Journal.
Josh is also an editor of academic writing, fiction and poetry.
Visit her at www.facebook.com/plaintext.editing
Disapol Savetsila is a writer and theatre-maker who dreams of jogging with Murakami. As a roundabout means to that end, he is a festival volunteer.
Eryn studies Media and Communications at the University of Wollongong, and is a marketing and social media assistant for the festival this year. She dabbles in photography, considers herself a chronic organiser, and loves to binge read a good book.
Cameron Brown – Competitions Coordinator
Cameron is a writer and editor, former president of the University of Wollongong’s Literary Society, and the Festival’s Competitions Coordinator.
Rosie Kellett – Website Manager
Rosie is a student journalist, manages the Wollongong Writers Festival website, and admires writers and activists who use their skills to build a better world. She would happily spend all her time lost in a library and enjoys profound, (mostly) silent conversations with her (much cooler) cat, Felix.
Diane Robson – Romance Panel Coordinator
Diane Robson – mother of four, grandmother of two, and an avid reader of romance fiction. I started as a volunteer last year and am now the Treasurer, and hope that WWF grows to be a great festival.
Sam Svidron – Professional Videographer
Simon is a professional videographer, and owner of his own media production business. Simon enjoys screenwriting, and has a screenplay in writing currently. He loves his work, and is dedicated to excellent standards on his productions. Simon is on board to work with WWF to create innovative media content.
Nicole Langridge – Volunteers Coordinator
Flavia Young – Marketing & Publicity Assistant
Juliette Sharp – Marketing & Publicity Assistant