Meet the 2021 team
We’re excited to announce some changes to our 2021 team.
In 2021, our wonderful Executive Director, Sally Bothroyd, has decided to take a year’s leave from her role to write her second book. We wish her the very best and look forward to reading her in print soon!
Our longstanding staff member, Fiona Dorrell, will be Acting in the role in her absence. In 2020 Fiona 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 glorious George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Since 2015 she has dedicated herself to delivering NTWC programs and events in central Australia. For her own writing, she is a previous recipient of an Arts NT Varuna Fellowship, and alumni of the ACTWC’s Hardcopy program.
We are thrilled that Dani Powell will return this year 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. In 2020 Dani launched her debut book Return to Dust (UWA Publishing).
The delightful Rita Horanyi is moving into a permanent position as our Program Manager. Rita has shown her commitment and artistry working across two previous NT Writers’ Festivals. She will be taking care of programming and operations across all NTWC programs, including for NTWF. Rita holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and was a recipient of the Copyright Agency/Sydney Review of Books emerging critics fellowship in 2018.
Our fabulous Development Manager, Mx. Sly, will be continuing to develop partnerships and sponsorships from their new home-office in Melbourne. We’ll be connecting up regularly online and looking forward to creating more collaborations with our south-eastern colleagues. 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.
We’d also like to welcome a brand new staff member to the team, Tam Hanson. Tam joins us as our Program Coordinator based in the Mparntwe (Alice Springs) office. Tam 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.
Hamish McDonald has been our 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.
From all of us at NTWC, we look forward to welcoming you to more NTWC programs in 2021.