Our Staff

Acting Executive DirectorFiona Dorrell

Since 2015 Fiona Dorrell has dedicated herself to delivering NT Writers’ Centre programs and events across the Northern Territory. In 2020 she was Artistic Director of the NT Writers Festival in Darwin and steered the event through a major Covid-related postponement to present a heart-warming four-day October program in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Festival Director, 2021 NT Writers Festival – Alice SpringsDani Powell

In 2021 Dani Powell returns to direct her fourth NT Writers Festival in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Dani’s thoughtful, collaborative and site-responsive programming has set the distinct and intimate tone of the NTWF since 2015. Recently, she worked with senior Pitjantjatjara and Nyaanyatjarra people and ngangkari on NPY Women’s  Council Uti Kulintjaku project. Return to Dust (UWA Publishing 2020) is her first book.

Program & Festival ManagerRita Horanyi

Rita Horanyi holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and was a recipient of the Copyright Agency/Sydney Review of Books emerging critics fellowship in 2018. She was previously the Communications and Administration Officer at Darwin Symphony Orchestra and is currently also employed as Editorial Assistant with Off the Leash.

Development & Partnerships,  Mx. Sly

Mx. Sly is born and bred in Canada’s queer theatre scene and founded and runs the performance company Tender Container. They are currently writing their first book for Arsenal Pulp Press with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Program CoordinatorTam Hanson

Is a Tasmanian who has earned money as a librarian, a bookseller, a musician, and a veterinary nurse. Alongside this, they have produced an array of arts and community events and programs over the past eight years.

BookeeperHamish McDonald

Hamish McDonald has been the NT Writers’ Centre’s trusty bookkeeper since 2013. He was the Artistic Director of the NTWF in 2012. He has a background in producing theatre and lives at a beautiful rural property in Humpty Doo.