Guy is a professional arts manager who, in addition to this role is currently Chair of CircuitWest, the performing arts presenter association of WA (since October 2011). Through his leadership of CircuitWest the presentation of literary events is becoming a core part of the offering of the performing arts presenter circuit.
In his former role as Artistic Director/CEO of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (2010-2020) Guy expanded its program and profile in WA through applying its vision to become a leading ‘centre for the arts’ in Australia. This vision has enabled ManPAC to develop literary events as a core part of its offering through key partnerships with Mandurah Libraries and Writing WA. In 2015 this saw ManPAC present the pilot Writers on the Road program with the Pyjama Party and A Glass of Wine and a Good Book. In 2017 ManPAC presented the first Sydney Writers Festival Live and Local program in WA with Writing WA support.
In his previous role as Director of the Christchurch Arts Festival (2000 – 2009) in New Zealand, Guy managed two Christchurch International Writers Festivals in 2006 and 2008, timed between the Brisbane and Melbourne Writers Festivals to enable sharing of program elements.
Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut coming-of-age novel Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019) won several accolades including the 2019 West Australian Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer and the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. In 2020, Invisible Boys was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and the Readings YA Book Prize, and was named a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia. The book is currently in development as a television series.
Holden's novella Poster Boy was a winner of the 2018 Novella Project competition. His writing has been published in Griffith Review, Westerly, page seventeen, Indigo Journal and the Bright Lights, No City anthology. He has written for 10 Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder. He graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s writing program and won a prestigious Australia Council grant in 2015.
Outside of writing, Holden’s professional experience includes a decade in the higher education sector as a senior project coordinator, community partnerships adviser, copywriter and sessional academic.
Renato is a Curtin University Commerce graduate and CPA. His current role is as Chief Financial Officer for Tourism WA and he previously held postings as Chief Finance Officer for the WA Museum and Art Gallery of WA while employed with the Department of Culture and the Arts. Renato has almost 20 years' experience in the Government financial sector and has also worked at the Department for Planning and Infrastructure and the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. He has been a member of the Writing WA Board since 2002.
Jo has a background in media law, with a speciality in film finance and intellectual property rights. She has worked as a lawyer and consultant in Perth, Sydney and London, and holds various film production credits. At board level, Jo is currently the Chairperson of her children’s primary school, and has been a past board member of the Mark Howlett Foundation. Jo is passionate about the creative industries. Jo is currently an aspiring author, with a focus on writing for children.
Shey Marque is an award-winning poet and short story writer, current committe member of WA Poets Inc, and former Coordinator for the KSP Writers Centre. Her poetry collections include Aporiac (FLP 2016), and Keeper of the Ritual (UWAP 2019). She holds a PhD Pathology (UWA), and MA Writing (Swinburne).
Lesley Reece is the Founding Director of The Literature Centre. Since 1992 she has been both Artistic Director and General Manager, leading the Centre to be acknowledged nationally and internationally as a Centre of Excellence for Australian Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
She has won the CBCA’s Nan Chauncey Award and has received an AM, Member of the Order of Australia, for her work promoting Australian children’s literature and nurturing those who create it. She has been deeply involved in promoting WA adult literature for Perth Festival 2019 to 2021; was a founding member of Irish Children’s Book Trust 1989 to 1992; and wrote the Guide to Irish Children’s Books, Volumes 1 & 2, 1990 and 1991.
Josephine Taylor is an Associate Editor at Westerly Magazine and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Writing at Edith Cowan University. She teaches in literary fiction and creative non-fiction, and presents on disorder and creativity. Her PhD thesis, an investigative memoir titled Vulvodynia and Autoethnography, was awarded the ECU Faculty Research Medal in 2011 and the Magdalena Prize in Feminist Research in 2012. Josephine’s writing has been anthologised and published widely and her debut novel, Eye of a Rook, was published by Fremantle Press in 2021.