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Sharon Flindell

Sharon Flindell

CEO

Email s.flindell[at]writingwa.org

Sharon Flindell has worked across cultural industries - both in Australia and internationally - for more than thirty years, working with many exceptional artists including Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Michael Nyman and Robert Lepage. As a London-based independent producer some key projects included producing and programming Hungary's first international contemporary arts festival of the post-communist era; producing the interdisciplinary work Dinner (Director, Jonathan Stone) as an international co-production with Spoleto Festival Charleston, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival USA and Glasgow City of Culture; and the sell-out West End run of the Schiller Theater (Berlin) production of Macbeth. She has been the CEO of Writing WA since 2005.

Heather Blakey

Heather Blakey

Communications Manager

Email h.blakey[at]writingwa.org

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

Melinda Tognini

Digital Communications

Email info[at]writingwa.org

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.

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