Committee

Current Festival

The 2017 Team

Caroline Wood
Caroline Wood

Caroline Wood is Founder and Director of the Centre for Stories and Margaret River Press. She has held various communications, marketing and management positions. Before setting up Margaret River Press, Caroline was Deputy Director of the Centre for Water Research based at The University of Western Australia. She has organized both local and international conferences over the last two decades. She was on the Board of Amnesty International Australia, and Margaret River Tourism Association. She is the immediate past Chair of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Advisory Committee for two years. She is a Board member of the Small Press Network that represents small publishers across the country.

Anna Solding
Anna Solding

Anna Solding is the managing director of MidnightSun Publishing an Adelaide-based publishing company which specialises in literary fiction but dabbles in picture books and YA. Anna’s first published book was a ‘constellation’ of connected short stories called The Hum of Concrete. It was nominated for six awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Most Underrated Book Award. Anna is passionate about short stories and the impact they can have on readers. Attending a life-changing short story conference in Vienna in 2014 planted the seed that is now blossoming into the Australian Short Story Festival.

Lynette Washington
Lynette Washington

Lynette Washington is a short story writer, editor and teacher of creative and professional writing. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and her stories have been published widely. In 2014 she edited the short story collection, Breaking Beauty and in 2017 she was a co-editor for an anthology of love stories called Crush. Her debut collection, Plane Tree Drive, will be published in 2017.

Cameron Raynes
Cameron Raynes

Cameron Raynes is a prize-winning author who turned away from welfare work and anthropology to find his voice as a writer. He teaches history at the University of South Australia and is the author of First Person Shooter, The Last Protector and the short story collection The Colour of Kerosene.

 

 

 

Alison Byrne

Alison Byrne is the Acquisitions Team Leader at ALS Library Services, where she enjoys helping public libraries to keep their collections up to date with the best new Australian and International titles. She has been a long time lover of the short form and is currently studying for a Masters in Writing at Swinburne University.

 

 

 

Sarah Tooth

Sarah Tooth is the Director of the SA Writers Centre. She has worked in writing for more than 20 years as a literary curator, a screenwriter and arts producer for the ABC, and the co-director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Sarah sits on many peer assessment panels and arts advisory committees, including the Adelaide Writers Week Committee and is the fiction convener for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Literature Awards judging panel. She is regular book reviewer and co-host of the ABC Radio Adelaide monthly Book Club. In 2015 Sarah was a recipient of an Australia Council Artistic Leadership Grant to explore literary communities in Malaysia and Singapore and is part of the Australia Council’s 2017 Arts Leaders Program.

 

 

Past Festivals

The 2016 Team

 

Caroline circledCaroline Wood is Founder and Director of the Centre for Stories and Margaret River Press. She has held various communications, marketing and management positions. Before setting up Margaret River Press, Caroline was Deputy Director of the Centre for Water Research based at The University of Western Australia. She has organized both local and international conferences over the last two decades. She was on the Board of Amnesty International Australia, and Margaret River Tourism Association. She is the immediate past Chair of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Advisory Committee for two years. She is a Board member of the Small Press Network that represents small publishers across the country.

 

 

Anna circledAnna Solding is the managing director of MidnightSun Publishing an Adelaide-based publishing company which specialises in literary fiction but dabbles in picture books and YA. Anna’s first published book was a ‘constellation’ of connected short stories called The Hum of Concrete. It was nominated for six awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Most Underrated Book Award. Anna is passionate about short stories and the impact they can have on readers. Attending a life-changing short story conference in Vienna in 2014 planted the seed that is now blossoming into the Australian Short Story Festival.

 

 

 

Catherine CircledDr. Catherine Noske is currently serving as the editor of Westerly Magazine. She completed her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Monash University in 2013 and has since taught in the subject both at Monash and the University of Western Australia. She has been a visiting research scholar at the University of Warwick (UK), and the postgraduate representative to the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. She has twice received the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers. In 2014, she was awarded a Varuna Fellowship for her manuscript ‘The Call of Salt’, which has since been shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett Prize. She is very excited to be involved in the Festival!

 

 

 

Ada circledHaving settled in Perth, Ada Chung comes to us with a host of local and international experience in event management, arts management, and marketing partnerships, as well as commercial and operational management. Ada worked in marketing and events at the ABC working on a national story collecting initiative and in Local Radio. Prior to this, Ada was a production manager for major public events and celebrations including Canberra’s 100-year celebration Festival, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, Vivid Festival and Melbourne’s Pause Festival. Ada spent six years overseas during which time she worked for theatre and events including  ‘the House of Dancing Water’ in Macau and the London Olympic Games.

 

 

Lauerie circledLaurie Steed is the Patricia Hackett Prize-winning author of You Belong Here and lives in Perth, Western Australia. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere. He teaches Advanced Fiction for Writers Victoria and runs writing courses at various writers centres in WA. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Margaret River Press.

 

 

 

Susan MidaliaSusan Midalia is a writer and freelance editor who conducts workshops on short story writing. Her first short story collection, A History of the Beanbag and other stories, was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards in 2007, and her second collection, An Unknown Sky and other stories (2012), was shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Award (Steele Rudd Award). Her latest release is Feet to the Stars and other stories (2015). Susan studied at the University of Western Australia and Cambridge University and held a Ph.D. in contemporary Australian women’s fiction. She has also taught literature at secondary and tertiary levels over many years and is a board member of Writing WA and Margaret River Press.

 

Patron

 

 

Gail CircledWe are delighted and honoured that Gail Jones has accepted our invitation to be the Patron of the Australian Short Story Festival. Gail is a much loved and highly acclaimed author. Her latest book A Guide to Berlin published by Random House has been longlisted for The Stella Prize. Her prizes include the Age Book of the Year Award, the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and the ASAL Gold Medal.

 

 

 

 

The Australian Short Story Festival is an annual festival celebrating short stories in written as well as spoken form