New board elected
Thanks to everyone who came along to the AGM. We had a huge turnout!
As per the constitution, all board positions were declared vacant, and a new board was elected (although we’re happy to see some previous board members returning for another term).
Our Board Members as of May 30, 2018 are –
President: Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston (Darwin)
Adelle has a PhD in literature and lectures at Charles Darwin University. She was a winner of last year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards and peer-reviews for Humanities journal. She has published literary scholarship as well as poetry and short stories in two anthologies. Adelle is an active committee member of Australasian Universities Languages and Literature (AULLA).
Vice President: Fred van’t Sand (Darwin)
Fred van’t Sand is a performance poet with a long affiliation with the NT Writers’ Centre.
Regional Vice President: Tanya Heaslip (Alice Springs)
Tanya was raised in Central Australia through the 1960s and 70s and has practised law for many years in different parts of Australia. She has returned to Alice Springs to continue working as well as finalise a memoir on her time in Prague after the Berlin Wall fell. She is an Australian Institute of Community Directors Graduate.
Secretary: Michelle Coleman (Darwin)
Michelle Coleman is a Darwin PR consultant who specialises in media advice and quality writing and research. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism, was awarded the UQ Daily Miracle Bursary and has worked as a journalist and Chief of Staff for Channel 9 and the ABC. Michelle has been a board member since 2015.
Treasurer: Carolyn Mison-Smith (Darwin)
Carolyn originally joined the NTWC in 2007. She had some early publications and won the Open Poetry section at the Manly Bicentennial Writer’s Festival. Carolyn spent a year in Jakarta researching and translating the female voice in Indonesian poetry. She currently teaches at the university and is writing her PhD.
Public Officer: Shona Ford (Darwin)
Shona Ford is a school teacher with a love of creative writing. She’s a past winner of an NT Literary Award, and has encouraged many of her students to also enter the Youth category of the Awards.
Pat Ansell-Dodds (Alice Springs)
Pat Ansell-Dodds is an Eastern Arrernte and Anmatyere woman, a Flinders University Lecturer, and artist. She was the winner of the 1990 NT Literary Award for an essay about her father’s country, Undoolya, and her connection to that place.
Christian Bok (Darwin)
Christian Bok is an experimental poet, originally from Canada, and a lecturer for Literary Studies at the School of Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University.
Bronwyn Druce (Alice Springs)
Bronwyn is the business owner of local independent bookseller Red Kangaroo Books.
Kate Rendell (Darwin)
Kate Rendell works as a Communications Manager in the arts. She is also a freelance researcher and essayist. With an MA in Literature, she has a particular passion for contemporary Australian writing.
The members who were present at the AGM also voted in favour of three amendments to the constitution:
1/ To allow people to serve consecutive terms on the board;
2/ To reduce the number of board members from 12 to 10;
3/ To ensure the board president can only serve two consecutive terms at a time.
A big thanks to our outgoing President Professor Martin Jarvis, who was at the helm for the last two years. We’ve appreciated Martin’s expertise in the arts world! Thanks also to the other outgoing members: Toni Tapp Coutts, Nicola Pitt and David Ketley.
And the winner of the signed copy of Richard Flanagan’s book The Narrow Road to the Deep North is ….. Sue Fielding! (Drawn out of a hat by our festival co-ordinator Oanh, again, after first person drawn – Ruth Quinn – said she already had a copy!) Thanks again to all the people who attended the meeting!