Our Staff

Michael Campbell

Executive Director

With over 35 years of experience Michael has worked as CEO, Artistic Director, an arts consultant and strategist, artistic co-ordinator, producer, events manager, librettist, editor, writer, events manager, director, choreographer and dancer. He was the Festival Director for the Brisbane Writers Festival (2006-2009), and the literary events program at Gleebooks in Sydney for 4 years (2002-2005). He is a former Chair of Currency House, and of its Editorial Committee, and edited Keith Bain on Movement and Keith Bain: The Principles of Movement for Currency House and Oberon Books (UK)…

James Roy

Program Manager

James Roy was born in western New South Wales and spent much of his childhood in Papua New Guinea and Fiji, adventuring by day and reading books at night. Then one day, tired of reading books by dead people, he decided to start writing his own. Since his first novel was released in 1996, James has written a number of critically acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction for young people, including the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mack and Billy Mack’s War, and six CBCA Notable Books…

Christina Donoghue

Associate Producer

Born on the lands of the Burramattagal of the Dharug Nation in Parramatta Hospital to an Irish Catholic Mother and an African American/Cherokee Father, Christina was born to “document the extremes of an unnarrated Australian experience”. Growing-up, home has been a white fibro home in Merrylands West, a hundred-year-old cottage in Gilgandra, and a cosy caravan in Cambewarra. Reading and writing have always been her solace and joy. Whilst acting and dancing have remained the external manifestation of her wild soul…

Sheryl Cootes

Schools’ Program Manager

Sheryl Cootes has been teaching for over thirty years in schools in the Blue Mountains and western Sydney areas. She has been teacher, Assistant Principal and Relieving Principal at Department of Education schools, most recently in the role of Assistant Principal at Bidwill PS, mentoring inexperienced teachers in the use of literature in the classroom and establisiing a culture of ‘reading for pleasure’ among students…

Christian Pazzaglia

Digital content producer

Christian has been a multidisciplinary curator, artistic director and producer having worked in Amsterdam and internationally for the past 17 years. He has created exhibitions, public programs, activations and special events for some of the leading cultural institutions in The Netherlands – such as the International Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), Dutch Film Institute (EYE), Van Gogh Museum, Goethe-Institut and Alliance Française. He has also produced feature films and documentaries and, more recently, VR experiences…

Kathie Elliott: Square Pegs

Development Manager

Kathie’s corporate background began after a successful career as a professional dancer was cut short due to injury. She completed a Diploma in Business (Marketing) whilst working in business development and management roles within the transport and HR industries, before moving into the Not-for-Profit sector around 12 years ago….

Debbie McInnes

DMCPR Media (Publicist)

Debbie has been involved in public relations for over thirty years, establishing her boutique agency, DMCPR Media in 1993. Since then, DMCPR has reset the bar in communications strategy delivery, with unprecedented media coverage outcomes for clients in publishing, the arts, music, not-for-profit and corporate arena. Her passion to help others share their message is what has seen her succeed and form long lasting client relationships spanning decades…