Our team


Caroline Wood

Co-Founder and Director

Caroline Wood has a strong background in publishing, community engagement and communication. She manages corporate and community relationships, sponsorship, funding raising and program implementation.


John Wood


John Wood has had a diverse career path spanning academia and both public and private sectors.  He has taught at universities, worked for governments of both major political parties, crafted speeches for a Prime Minister, held Professorial appointments at Notre Dame and Edith Cowan Universities.  He is currently Chief Executive Officer of University Programmes for Navitas.


Sisonke  Msimang

Head, Oral Storytelling

Sisonke Msimang is writer and activist who works on issues of money, power and sex. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and a range of other international publications.  Sisonke has told stories at The Moth and TEDxSoweto and has used storytelling as a tool for social justice for many years.  Sisonke is responsible for the oral storytelling program at the Centre.

Claudia Mancini

Project Producer

Claudia Mancini is a producer with a passion for foreign languages, cultural studies and social justice. At the Centre she is responsible for website and social media management, story-collecting and project development.


Robert Wood

Editor and Project Manager

Robert Wood has interned for Overland, worked for Australian Poetry and Wild Dingo Press, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and was the first poet on the faculty of The School of Life.  Robert facilitates poetry events and has responsibility for programming literary events.


Logan Griffiths

Program and Communications Officer

Logan Griffiths is a professional writer with a background in communications, broadcasting and publishing. At the Centre she is responsible for story-collecting, program management and communications. 


Jay Anderson

Project Assistant

Jay Anderson is a professional writer and editor with a background in cultural studies. At the Centre he is responsible for assisting with project development.


Josephine Taylor


Josephine Taylor is a writer and freelance editor, an adjunct lecturer at Edith Cowan University, and an editorial board member of Margaret River Press. Her work has been anthologised and has appeared in diverse publications. Josephine regularly presents and facilitates in the areas of creative writing and Australian fiction.

Susan Midalia


Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, all shortlisted for major literary awards. Her first novel will be published by Fremantle Press next year.  She has taught literature at both secondary and tertiary levels for over 30 years and is an experienced workshop facilitator.