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 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.
Storyteller and 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.
Claudia Mancini was raised in Perth by migrant parents. Her unique family background has instilled in her a love 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.
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.
Editor and Designer
Kelly Fliedner is a writer, curator and podcast maker who has recently worked on projects for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Sydney Biennale and the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. Currently she is producing On the Beach, a podcast that focuses on the convergence of critical and creative discourses surrounding contemporary art. At the Centre Kelly is writing and editing content and presenting Fem Book Club.
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 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.