Committee welcomes Cameron, Forsyth, Thorne, McGuire, Arnott

Posted Thursday 2nd June, 2011

Following its Annual General Meeting on 30 May, the Writers' Centre welcomes new and previous members to its volunteer Committee of Management.  

 - DR TERRY WHITEBEACH is a Tasmanian writer, whose published work includes two collections of poetry (her first, Bird Dream, won the Anne Elder Award), two novels for young adults, three radio plays and a cross-cultural biography. Her work has included community artist, creative writing teacher and an oral historian. In the Northern Territory she coordinated the inaugural Indigenous Creative Writing program and taught undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing for the Institute for Aboriginal Development in Alice Springs. Her academic qualifications include BA (English and Philosophy), MA (English) and PhD (History/Biography). She is a member of a number of arts organisations and a current member of the ASA committee of management.

- PIP DENNIS has spent many moons in arts management, primarily in the
 performing arts sector, where she held roles with HLA Management, The One
Extra Company, Reeldance (Dance on Screen) and Version 1.0 Incorporated. 
Pip was General Manager for PACT Theatre, Sydney's leading contemporary
 performance company for emerging artists and currently holds the position of
 Company Manager for Kickstart Arts, a community cultural development arts 
organisation in Hobart. Pip has a strong background in financial and strategic management. She also works independently, supporting artists in the creation of their work.

LYN REEVES Lyn's poetry collections are Walking the Tideline (Pardalote Press 2001), Speaking with Ghosts (Ginninderra Press 2002), Beads (Picaro Press 2007), the ink brushed distance (Walleah Press 2008) and the four-women anthology Seasoned with Honey (Walleah Press 208). Her awards include two New Work grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and a personal development grant from Arts Tasmania, a residential fellowship at Varuna, and two writing residencies. Lyn has been a featured reader at writers festivals in Darwin, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmania. She is the haiku editor for Famous Reporter and managing director of Pardalote Press. Her manuscript Designs on the Body is the IP Picks 2010 winner for Best Poetry, and was published in 2010 by Interactive Publications.

CAROLYN FISHER lives in Ulverstone and grew up in Somerset, England and trained as a physiotherapist in London. She first visited Tasmania in 1986, cycling around the state and working briefly in Hobart. She fell in love with the island and after traveling and working overseas migrated to the north west coast in 1992 where she lives with her husband and two children. Her poems have been widely published in literary journals in Australia and the U.K and a number have been anthologised. Her writing has been supported by Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council by the way of grants and her first chapbook collection won the Presspress award and was published in 2008.

NEIL CAMERON is a theatre director, teacher, author and consultant. For over thirty four years he has run successful festivals, arts events and celebrations in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Canada, the United States, Japan, New Zealand and all over Australia. His award-winning productions are well known for their creative community involvement and their exciting use of large-scale imagery, fire and music. In recent years, Neil has focused on sharing his extensive practical knowledge and cultural insight through teaching, writing and consultancy. He is an exciting and energetic teacher and a passionate advocate of the importance of festivals and celebrations in achieving social cohesion, cultural development in community and personal enrichment.

DEBORAH FORSYTH LLB; Acc M.LEADR; FDRP is a lawyer of 20 years’ experience with particular expertise in complex family law disputes. She is a LEADR qualified and nationally accredited mediator and registered with the Federal Attorney-General’s Department as Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. For two years Deborah was a conciliator under the Tasmanian Magistrates Court (Civil Division) Rules 1998 and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act 2001. She is currently a member of the Adults Advisory Council to the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children; Women’s Network Australia; Women on Boards and Tasmanian Women Lawyers. Deborah is passionate about the practice of dispute resolution and is a highly sought-after trainer in the area. She is a professional and engaging expert in skills-training development and delivery.

TIM THORNE is the author of ten volumes of poetry, the most recent being I Con (Salt) in 2008. He inaugurated the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, which he directed until 2001. It incorporated the Launceston Poetry Cup . Thorne has been writer-in-residence with the Miscellaneous Workers Union and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tim has worked as a poet in schools, universities and prisonsand was awarded the Stanford Writing Scholarship, 1971; New Poetry Award, 1973; Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for poetry, 1978, and the Gleebooks Poetry Sprint, 1995. He has also received support from the Australia Council, Arts Tasmania and the Eleanor Dark Foundation. Thorne has had an abiding interest in creating opportunities for poets and other artists with disabilities He was writer/co-ordinator for a national project for writers with cerebral palsy, conducted through Arts 'R' Access.

IRENE MCGUIRE has been a bookseller for over 30 years. In 1982 she opened Writers & Co The Literary Bookstore in Toronto. As a bookseller she served on the board of the Canadian Book and Periodical Council and in 1991 was made an honorary member of the League of Canadian Poets for her services to Canadian poetry. In 1996 she joined Fullers Bookshop in Hobart and in addition to regular bookselling activities, she ran the Book Discussion Groups for 10 years. Retired from bookselling, she has most recently been a judge for The Tasmanian Book Prizes.

ROBBIE ARNOTT is a bookseller and writer based in Hobart, originally from Launceston. He is currently employed by Fullers Bookshop and Express Media, as an ambassador for young writers. In 2008 he was a national finalist in the Somerset College Novella Writing Competition, and recently his work has appeared in I Sleep in Haysheds & Corners.

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