Our team


Caroline Wood

Co-Founder and Director

Caroline Wood has a strong background in publishing, community engagement and communication. She held management positions at the University of Western Australia and was a Board member of Amnesty International Australia and the Small Publishers Network. Caroline 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.  


Sisonke  Msimang

Head Story Trainer

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.


Michael Abercromby

Story Trainer

Michael Abercromby graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ (WAAPA) Acting course in 2013. He has supplemented his acting by developing his skills in theatre making, and building a profile as a writer and director with his company JackRabbit Theatre. He is currently undertaking his Masters in directing at WAAPA.



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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. 

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.


Jay Anderson

Project Manager

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.

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.


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.