Rebecca Anthony

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Rebecca Anthony is an event and programs producer based in Melbourne, currently working as program manager for audience engagement at State Library Victoria. Rebecca has worked previously as program manager at Future Foundations and event producer at the Centre for Youth Literature, and was director of Surrey Hills Music Festival in 2018.

Bridget Caldwell

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Bridget Caldwell is a Jingili Mudburra writer, editor, artist and activist currently residing in Narrm/Birraranga. She was most recently the managing editor of 'Blak Brow', a First Nations issue of literary journal The Lifted Brow

Nina Kenwood

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Nina Kenwood has worked in the book industry for more than ten years, and is currently the marketing manager at Readings. Her debut book, It Sounded Better in My Head, won the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing.

Chandani Lokuge

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Chandani Lokuge is the author of three novels, Softly, as I Leave You, Turtle Nest and If the Moon Smiled, as well as Moth and Other Stories. Her stories are widely anthologized including in Penguin Summer Stories, Meanjin and Moving Worlds. She is the editor of the Oxford Classics Reissues series. She is associate professor in literary studies and creative writing at Monash University.

Helen Marcou

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Helen Marcou is a co-founder of Bakehouse Studios, and a key organiser of the SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) movement – an activist group that staged a 2010 rally where 20,000 protesters marched on Melbourne’s Parliament House in support of live music. From sticky carpet activism to government boards and committees, Helen continues her work as an advocate for the arts.

Jini Maxwell

Programming Advisory Committee Member

Jini Maxwell is an arts worker, poet and writer with a particular interest in interactive work. They are based in Birraranga, where they co-edit quarterly attack journal The Lifted Brow.

Jason Steger

Programming Advisory Committee Member

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