Writing WA appoints Will Yeoman as new Chief Executive Officer
Writing WA is delighted to announce that Will Yeoman has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.
An experienced literary editor, festival director and journalist, Will commences in the CEO role on Monday, 24 April 2023.
Writing WA Deputy Chair Holden Sheppard said Will’s achievements in the arts industry were impressive.
Holden said, “I am absolutely stoked to welcome Will Yeoman to Writing WA as our new CEO. Will’s vision for Writing WA is focused on delivering what all writers – at every stage of our careers – need from our state’s peak body, and ensuring readers are brought along for the journey, too. Speaking for the Writing WA Board, we are united in our confidence that Will’s energy and extensive arts experience make him the perfect candidate to lead us into our next chapter. And speaking personally, as a WA author myself, I am excited about the new opportunities about to unfold for writers in this state. I am looking forward to working with Will and I am confident Writing WA will continue to evolve and thrive under his expert guidance. The future is bright for writers in Western Australia.”
Will said, “It’s an honour and a privilege to be invited to take up the role of CEO of Writing WA. Western Australian writing has always possessed a unique voice, and its authors, poets and other artists of the word deserve to be encouraged and supported at every stage of their journey from emerging writer through to late-style master. Moreover, passionate readers of their work deserve the same courtesy, for one cannot exist without the other. I look forward to providing writers and readers alike with a full, exciting year-round program of workshops, mentorships, events and other activities, including multidisciplinary presentations, that will bring the WA community together in a shared celebration of our literary heritage, present and indeed future. In short, I can’t wait to get stuck in!”
More information about Will Yeoman
Will Yeoman was Literary Editor at The West Australian before moving into arts and travel; he remains a music critic for Limelight and Gramophone magazines. Will is Artistic Director of York Writers Festival and York Festival. Previously he was Artistic Director of New Norcia Writers Festival and Perth Festival Writers Week. A lover of literature (and comics!) from an early age, Will is also a keen classical guitarist who enjoys collaborating on spoken word and music performances with writers and poets including Stephen Scourfield and John Kinsella.