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.
DEPUTY CHAIR – Mark Macleod
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.
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 (she has a BSc from the 1990s and a BA-BFA more recently). 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 people from diverse backgrounds, and meet (or exceed) their needs. Daniela has extensive experience mentoring people with autism.
Jaclyn is a corporate lawyer and writer. In 2017 she left her job as a partner in a large national law firm, sold their house in Sydney and travelled around Australia for a year with her family in a camper trailer. In 2018 she and her family arrived in Tasmania as part of their travels and loved it so much they never left.
Jaclyn is the author of the blog “Hit the road jac” and, in times when travel was permitted, wrote for travel websites and magazines. In 2020 she won first prize in the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards for her short story “Literally the worst”.
On the legal side, Jaclyn is a sole practitioner through JRS Legal and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholders agreements and corporate governance.
Jeanette M. Thompson (aka Jen Thompson) began writing professionally in 1992 as a scriptwriter for CBCRadio and TVOntario. Thirty-five of her children’s television scripts have been produced and aired in Canada, Ireland, Namibia, China and Australia. Her program, ‘The Wall’ was nominated by the producers for a Gemini Award (1994) and an Award of Excellence by the Alliance for Children’s Television (1995).
Since returning to Australia in 1997, Jeanette has written for ABC Television (Playschool and Petals) and ABCRadio (Harvest Moon Murders). She has had a number of short stories and poems published in anthologies in Australia and Canada. She has edited three books (Cybertales: An anthology of fantasy and science fiction by young writers; Lines from Barellan; FourWEleven: An anthology of prose and poetry). In 2004, she wrote The Shakespeare Ladies: A history of the Wagga Wagga Shakespeare Club to mark the centenary of one of oldest reading clubs in the world. The book was accepted into the Folger Shakespeare Reference Library in Washington in August 2014.
Jeanette Thompson held tenure at Charles Sturt University as lecturer in Children’s Literature and Curriculum for seven years. Her Cyberwriters Research project (with children aged 10-15 years) was published in the Canadian textbook, Books, Media and the Internet: Children’s Literature in Today’s Classrooms. She continued the project during a Residency at the Broken Hill Writer’s Centre. Jeanette graduated as a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Technology Sydney in 2015. Her thesis was a work of literary non-fiction which earned her a fellowship in the Varuna Publisher’s Introduction Program. The manuscript, Bone and Beauty: The Ribbon Boys’ Rebellion was published in March 2020 by the University of Queensland Press.
Jeanette holds an undergraduate Social Science degree and postgraduate degrees in Psychology, Education and Creative Writing. She has worked for the University of Tasmania as an Educational Designer and Tutor in the Family History Diploma, as well as tutoring online for the Wicking Dementia Institute.
“I thrive in creative places where I can express myself – places that are ‘alive’ with colour, noise, culture and music. It’s not just places where I feel at my best but also the space I find myself in when connecting with others. When I’m with people I love, most spaces are wonderful.”
Trawlwoolway (TAS), Kaurna and Ngadjuri woman (SA)