Heather Blakey is a strategic communications professional specialising in the publishing and writing industry. She joined Writing WA in March 2021 from London-based publisher Bonnier Books UK, where she held the position of digital brand and communications lead. Heather is responsible for overseeing the delivery of Writing WA’s communications strategy and programmes.
Heather has worked with local publishers including Fremantle Press and UWA Publishing, and abroad in the UK in both the academic and commercial publishing sectors. Born and raised in Perth, Heather is a passionate advocate for Australian writing and for continuing to nurture a supportive and inspired state of opportunity for West Australian writers.
Melinda Tognini has more than 20 years’ experience in teaching, mentoring and facilitating workshops for writers of all ages and levels. Melinda’s feature articles, travel writing, and personal essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies in Australia and the US. Her book, Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widows’ Guild in Western Australia was published in 2015.
When she’s not adding events and writing opportunities to Writing WA’s website, she can be found working on various writing projects, including an historical fiction for younger readers, mentoring young people through charity 12 Buckets, or being a taxi driver for her two teenage children.