Programming Advisory Committee

Candy Bowers

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Award-winning actor, lyricist and playwright, Candy Bowers makes fearless theatre that delves deep into the heart of radical feminist dreaming. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, star of One The Bear and Australian Booty, Candy is currently flexing her comedic muscle on the small screen via ABC TV's Get Krack!n and Tonightly.

Jane Harrison

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Jane Harrison is descended from the Muruwari people of NSW and is an award-winning playwright and author. Her novel Becoming Kirrali Lewis, won the 2014 black&write! prize and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2016. Her first play Stolen toured across Australia and internationally. Other plays include The Visitors and Rainbow’s End. She was the festival director for Blak & Bright, the inaugural Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival in 2016.

Tom Hoskins

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Tom Hoskins is a bookseller, musician, narrator and manager of Readings at the State Library and Readings bookshop at Melbourne Writers Festival.

Christine Kenneally

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Christine is the author of The Invisible History of the Human Race. She is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, Time, New Scientist and The Monthly. She is the author of The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She currently lives in Melbourne.

Nina Kenwood

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Nina is the digital marketing manager for Readings.

Helen Marcou

Programming Advisory Committee Member

27 years ago, Helen and her partner Quincy McLean founded Bakehouse Studios. Helen is a co-founder of grassroots movement SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) – an activist group that staged the SLAM rally of 2010 where 20,000 protesters marched on Parliament House in Melbourne in support of live music. From sticky carpet activism to government boards and committees, Helen continues her work as an advocate for the arts. In March 2017, Helen was inducted to the Victorian Women's Honour Roll.

Jamila Rizvi

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Jamila Rizvi is an author, speaker and presenter. She writes a weekly column for News Limited, and is a regular commentator and host on ABC radio, Q&A, Today, The Drum and 3AW. Her bestselling book Not Just Lucky was published in 2017 and her second book, The Motherhood, will be published in 2018. She is also a member of the MWF Programming Advisory Committee.

Jason Steger

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Jason Steger is literary editor of The Age and regular panelist on ABC TV's The Book Club.

Maria Tumarkin

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Maria is a writer, cultural historian and the author of three acclaimed books of literary nonfiction: Traumascapes, Courage and Otherland. Alongside her books, she writes reviews and essays on everything from our culture’s obsession with food to the rise of 'disaster porn'. She works on collaborative projects with theatremakers, visual and sound artists, psychologists and other writers.