Board of Management
CHAIR – Sue Kennedy
Sue has extensive experience as an Information Technology professional working in various areas, such as mining, insurance, manufacturing, government and education, both in Australia and overseas. Her specialist areas include Information Security, Project Management, Risk Management, Business Continuity, Business Analysis and Methodologies, both as an industry practitioner and as an academic.
She has a MSc in Computer Science and commenced a MA in English to improve her writing. However, she was asked to take over as Director of a major industry project and was unable to complete that degree. In spite of that, Sue had a short piece selected for broadcast on ABC Radio National and subsequently published as part of the associated collection of writing. Currently, writing the first book of what will hopefully become a fiction series and researching for a non-fiction book about a secret military operation of WW2.
Over the years Sue has served in a number of voluntary roles in Western Australia such as Deputy Chair of a Child Care Centre Management Committee, member of various school and University committees, ten years as a Girl Guide Leader and Regional Junior Leader Coordinator. Sue moved to Tasmania in 2013.
TREASURER – James Payne
James and his family moved to Tasmania from their farm in northern NSW in late 2016. Prior to these twenty years of growing pecan nuts and coffee, he worked in Sydney as a computer programmer, barista, recruitment agent and barman, the latter to support him as he completed an Honours degree in History at the University of NSW in 1981. If pressed, he would always admit to being a writer at heart. He has had several travel articles published in the Weekend Australian and Country Living magazine. Now that he is no longer picking nuts, roasting coffee and maintaining a hundred acres of farmland, he is working on his first novel and hopes to contribute as much as possible to keeping TasWriters alive and well.
SECRETARY – Kate Eagles
Kate has a background in print journalism and public relations in NSW and Queensland. She studied at the University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, gaining a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing) there before moving to Tasmania in 2018. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, English) degree from UTAS and is currently studying for a Diploma in Family History.
Kate recently edited and published “Bessy’s Memoir”, the main text of which was written by her great-great-grandmother, Bessy Marlay Deloitte, in 1878. A copy of this book will be available from the Tasmanian Writers Centre library.
Daniela Brozek is a seventh generation Tasmanian on one side and daughter of a Czech refugee on the other. She has been an Overland Track guide, marketing officer at Port Arthur, English as a second language teacher in Europe, and, for more than ten years, an environmental consultant in NSW. She returned to Tasmania in 2014, for family reasons, and went back to university soon afterwards. This decision was driven by a fascination with the different ways we communicate, including in the ‘languages’ of music, visuals and performance, and how those are changing over time.
Daniela operates Bright South (www.brightsouth.com.au), an arts enabling business, which aims to help Tasmanian writers and artists promote themselves and achieve sustainable lifestyles. She is particularly passionate about Tasmanian writing and poetry and she would like to see Tasmania have a thriving arts sector. She is keen to help TasWriters reach out to members, especially young people, and meet (or exceed) their needs.
Mark Macleod has taught Children’s Literature, Australian Literature and Creative Writing at universities in Australia and around the world, most recently in India. President and Publishing Director of Dirt Lane Press, he has been Publishing Director at Random House and Publisher at Hachette Australia. A former national president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Mark has won awards for distinguished service to Children’s Literature and for many titles published under his own name imprint, Mark Macleod Books. He is the author of poems for adults and children, and picture books for children.