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 raised in Geraldton and now based in Perth. His debut Young Adult novel, Invisible Boys, about teenage boys growing up gay in the country, won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award and will be published by Fremantle Press in October 2019. His novella “Poster Boy” won the nationwide 2018 Novella Project competition and was published in Griffith Review. Holden’s writing has also appeared in Ten Daily, the Huffington Post, page seventeen and Indigo Journal.
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.
Catherine Noske completed her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University (2013), and has since taught at Monash, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. She has been a visiting research scholar at the University of Warwick (UK), and postgraduate representative to the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. She has twice received the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers. She was awarded a Varuna fellowship (2014) for her manuscript 'The Call of Salt', which was shortlisted for the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Prize. Catherine took up the position of editor of Westerly Magazine in 2015.
Beth Herbert is the owner/operator of Dymocks Busselton. She is passionate about the power of books and about engaging children in the lifelong joy of reading. Previously, she was an English teacher and a literacy consultant, assisting teachers with the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Not surprisingly, one of Beth’s favourite past-times is reading!
Vivienne is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, with a PhD in Creative Writing. She received UWA’s Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence in 2011. Her plays have been presented across Australia and produced or developed in UK, USA, Canada and Europe. Her poetry collections are: The Softness of Water (2009) and A Simple Rain (2012, with photographer Perdita Phillips). Other poems and short stories are published in journals and anthologies. Vivienne has taught creative writing at local writers’ Centres and at UWA Extension. She works as a dramaturge, and as a mentor, including on Centre for Stories programmes (2018/2019 & 2019/2020). She also works with CaLD writers to help them realise their work in English particularly with Sudanese-Australian writer, Afeif Ismail. Recently, she worked with Iraqi-Australian writer, Istenad Haddad, on his ScreenWest-funded short film script, Glass Eyes.
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.