Sasha Beekman

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Sasha Beekman is a Thai-born writer who grew up in Darwin. She moved to Melbourne to study professional writing and editing at RMIT after a year of living in Toyama, Japan. By day she is a publishing assistant at Hardie Grant Egmont and by night she writes books for children. Her debut picture book, When You’re Going to the Moon, is illustrated by Vivienne To and out now with Affirm Press.

Lynne Bury

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Lynne Bury is a passionate literacy educator who has worked in primary education for over thirty years as a teacher, assistant principal, project officer, senior policy officer, lecturer and tutor. She is an active member of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) Victoria, and was Victorian state director and member of ALEA National Council. Lynne is currently teaching, working as a literacy consultant and completing her doctoral studies at RMIT University.

Angela Crocombe

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Angela Crocombe has worked at Readings bookshops in Melbourne for the last eight years and has been the manager of Readings Kids in Carlton since it opened in October 2016. She is a long-term book industry professional who has worked as a sales representative, publicist and in foreign rights at a number of Australian publishing companies. Angela is also the author of two nonfiction books on sustainable living and thirteen educational books for primary school students. Her books Climate Change and Water Supply were shortlisted for The Wilderness Society’s Environmental Awards for Children’s Literature in 2009.

Kate Gillespie

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Kate is the executive education officer at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE). VATE is a not-for-profit professional body established to promote the interests of English education and to allow English educators in Victoria to exchange ideas. Prior to this role, Kate taught English to a range of interesting and diverse young people.

Lucy Hamilton

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Lucy Hamilton is the general manager and CEO of Express Media. Previously, Lucy was the partnerships coordinator at Regional Arts Victoria. She has held voluntary roles with Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, and worked as a stage manager and production manager in the United Kingdom. Lucy is on the management committee of TLB Society Inc. She has a master of arts and cultural management from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford.

Rebecca Henson

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Rebecca Henson manages the Centre for Youth Literature and family programs teams at State Library Victoria. Key programs include teen readers website Inside a Dog, which hosts the teen choice Inky Awards, and early childhood reading initiatives. She has a background in educational publishing, focusing on literacy resources for primary school students and teachers.

Mike Shuttleworth

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Mike Shuttleworth has worked as program manager for the Centre for Youth Literature, Melbourne Writers Festival and the Australian Children's Laureate. He curated the exhibition Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today for State Library Victoria. Currently he works as a children's specialist bookseller and in marketing and foreign rights for an independent publisher.

Adele Walsh

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

StartSpace guru and champion of youth literature at State Library Victoria, Adele Walsh entered the field as youth advocacy blogger Persnickety Snark. She currently designs programming build around and for the success of young people.

Emilie Zoey Baker

Schools’ Programming Consultant

Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning Australian poet and spoken-word performer. She was the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival’s Slam!Review. She performs regularly at arts and literature festivals, and is the creative director of OutLoud.