OUR TEAM

Madeline Crehan – Communications Coordinator

Madeline Crehan – Communications Coordinator

Madeline is a part time writer, part time student, and full time feminist. After working in the not-for-profit sector for over three years she is now working as a freelance journalist based in Melbourne. Her work has appeared in WhyNot? and ABC News.

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen – Commissioning Editor

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen – Commissioning Editor

Giselle is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and bookseller based in Melbourne. She is a former Daily Life columnist and has been featured in publications including Kill Your DarlingsThe Lifted BrowRookie and frankie. 

Nikki Anderson – Director

Nikki Anderson – Director

Nikki has worked in the literary arena for over two decades, including as a literary agent in Spain and acting publisher at Spinifex Press. She has managed festival programs and planned and executed author tours and exhibitions throughout Asia, including for the Australian Embassy Beijing. She currently works in government comms. For less work-oriented conversations, she’s @nikkilynell.

Madeleine Nyst – Social Media

Madeleine Nyst – Social Media

Madeleine has a background in security studies, with a focus on gender studies and women, peace and security.  She has worked in communications and event management at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and ran the ASPI Women in Defence and Security Network, and as a researcher for the Institute for Islamic Strategic Affairs, working in their jihadism program. Madeleine currently works as a researcher with the Lowy Institute. 

Jessica McSweeney – Admin Genius

Jessica McSweeney – Admin Genius

Jessica McSweeney is a Sydney-based journalist with an interest in politics and social affairs reporting. Her work has appeared in 9news.com.au, The Daily Telegraph and the AU Review. Get in touch @jessicamacca on Twitter.

OUR BOARD

Foong Ling Kong – Chair

Foong Ling Kong – Chair

Foong Ling has two decades’ experience in the publishing industry as an editor and a publisher of books across a wide range of genres, from children’s books to fiction, non-fiction and illustrated titles. She has worked in-house at Penguin, Hardie Grant, Melbourne University Press and Allen & Unwin, and freelanced for many others. She was Managing Editor of Anne Summers Reports@foonglingkong

Mathilda Imlah

Mathilda Imlah

Mathilda is the publisher of Picador Australia, based in Sydney. In 2012 she co-founded London independent publisher Head of Zeus, and she has worked as a publisher and editor in Britain and Australia for the past eleven years.

Emma Dallamora

Emma Dallamora

Emma is a PhD student at Federation University, researching in aesthetics and creative arts. An all-rounder, she is general manager of the humanities research group CERG, a regular consultant in applied arts strategies for various local and grassroots orgs, and has also worked as a stylist, designer, makeshift curator and general freewheeler, including for the It Takes Courage project, BODA Golden Plains, WolvesChildren, Forte, and VAMFF. She tweets at @poetrystheworst.

Dr Jessamy Gleeson

Dr Jessamy Gleeson

Jessamy is a passionate activist, having contributed to campaigns and events such as SlutWalk Melbourne, Girls On Film Festival, We keep Vigil, #ourparks, and Melbourne’s Women’s March.

Jessamy holds a PhD on feminist activism in online environments and runs her own business managing independent artists, musicians and writers. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Hot Chicks With Big Brains, Spook and Archer.

Megan Dench

Megan Dench

Megan is passionate about connecting people to opportunity, working in support of art and artists in philanthropy, funding and sponsorship at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and the VCA. Now Meg connects students to industry and their career development at the University of Melbourne.

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