FWF’s inaugural Steering Committee was populated by these legends.

Jo Case is the Program Manager at Melbourne Writers Festival. Before this, she was the Wheeler Centre’s senior writer/editor. Her first book, Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s is published by Hardie Grant. Jo’s writing has been published in the Australian, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the MonthlyBest Australian Stories, the Sleepers AlmanacAustralian Book Review and other publications.


Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race and her poetry collection Carrying the World were published to great acclaim. Her first children’s book is The Patchwork Bike.

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Stephanie Convery is a Sydney-based writer and deputy culture editor at the Guardian Australia. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Overland, Meanjin, ABC’s The Drum, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, The Big Issue and other local and international publications.

Dr Cristy Clark is an Australian legal academic and writer based at Southern Cross University, where she teaches Human Rights, Competition and Consumer Law, and Equity. Her research and academic writing focuses on the intersection of human rights, neoliberalism and the environment.


Monica Dux is a columnist with The Age, and the author of Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial, and editor of the anthology Mothermorphosis. She can be heard regularly on ABC radio, and has published widely, especially on women’s issues. Monica was a founding board member of the Stella Prize.

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Andie Fox is a writer and economist. She has written a weekly column for Daily Life and contributed to The Guardian, The Huffington Post, the Wheeler Centre, SBS Comment, Feministe and Meanjin. Fox is a contributing author to several books, including The Good Mother Myth, and Mothers at the Margins.

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Shakira Hussein is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. She is also a regular commentator on issues of gender, Islam and multiculturalism in Australia. Her book, From Victims to Suspects: Muslim women since 9/11, was published in February 2016.

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte Australian woman living in Melbourne and current National Indigenous Organiser for the NTEU. Celeste writes regularly for Daily Life and has been published in a wide variety of places, including New Matilda, The Stringer, SBS News and IndigenousX.

Veronica Sullivan is the Programming Manager at the Wheeler Centre. She co-hosts Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture, and is the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship.