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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

Board

Amanda Grocock

Chair

Amanda is a creative, versatile and energetic business professional, who specialises in marketing led business models and data driven decision making.  Her skill in strategic management and marketing has been honed over fifteen years in the commercial property, precinct management and local government sectors, with her most recent role as General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority proving her exceptional skills in precinct and stakeholder management, political savvy, strategic planning, and marketing and event management born out of customer insights.  Amanda is an active participant in the creative industries of South Australia and her passion for the City and State are unsurpassed.

Manal Younus

Deputy Chair

Manal Younus is a freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance, Manal explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. The young artist also facilitates writing, performance, public speaking, youth empowerment and intercultural awareness workshops in schools, community groups and professional environments to encourage others to develop their own voices.

Since making the Australian Poetry Slam National Finals in 2013, Manal no longer competes in slams but has gone on to perform around the country and the world including at the Jaipur Literary Festival and Georgetown Literary festival. In 2015, she released her first book of poetry called ‘Reap’, and is founder and director of monthly Open Mic night Soul Lounge.

Manal frequently collaborates with Act Now Theatre to write and produce educational theatre pieces for schools, includeing the award winning play, Responding to Racism.

She has been featured on ABC’s QandA, presented at the Adelaide TEDx Conference in 2016, the National Multicultural Women’s Conference of 2016, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and Open State Festival, the Halogen Foundation’s Young Leaders Convention, The Council for International Schools Conference 2017 and James Cook University’s Young Language Ambassadors Conference of 2018 and much more.

Jane Howard

Board Member

Jane Howard is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and deputy arts and culture editor at The Conversation.

Jane’s work has appeared in publications including the Kill Your Darlings, ABC, Meanjin, Crikey, and The Stage. She has written for the Guardian across Australia and in Asia; had writing commissioned in the UK, the USA, Canada, and the Czech Republic; and has been translated into multiple languages.

Tracy Crisp

Board Member

Tracy Crisp is a writer and performer of novels, essays and monologues. She has established a funeral celebrancy and consultancy business, specialising in alternative funerals in Adelaide and South Australia. She has worked for a range of NGOs in Australia and overseas, and has substantial experience in campaigning and advocacy work in both paid and volunteer capacities. She has extensive experience on boards at a state and national level including Amnesty International Australia and the Disability Information & Resource Centre (DIRC).

Ben Stubbs

Board Member

Ben Stubbs a senior lecturer in writing and journalism at UniSA. Ben’s PhD explored the relationship between travel writing and history and the New Australia colony in Paraguay. He has published 3 non-fiction books– most recently The Crow Eaters (2019) with NewSouth. Ben has written features and essays for the New York Times, The Guardian, Toronto Star, Rough Guides, Meanjin, Griffith Review, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation.

Justyna Jochym

Board Member

Justyna Jochym is the CEO of Festivals Adelaide, a strategic umbrella organisation that exists to advance a sustainable, enterprising, and collaborative international festival city through the coalition and collective action of Adelaide’s leading cultural festivals. Prior to this role, she worked as the Head of International Cooperation and Development at the Krakow Festival Office (Poland), where she managed global partnerships and programs, among them the Krakow UNESCO Creative City designation. From 2014 – 2018, Justyna was the chair of the 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature and a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Steering Committee. She has been the coordinator of the Festival Cities Network (Adelaide, Edinburgh, Krakow, Montreal, and Singapore) since 2017. Justyna also serves on the board of The Mill, as well as an executive committee member of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia and the United Nations Association of Australia, SA Division.

Alan Atkinson

Board Member

Alan Atkinson, an Adelaide-based freelance writer and editor, is an award-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers both in Australia and in the UK, and in television and radio for the ABC.

He was nominated for a Walkey and named SA Journalist of the Year for his eye-witness account of the 2002 Bali bombings, titled “Three Weeks in Bali” (published by the ABC).

Ben Brooker

Board Member

Ben is a writer, editor, critic, playwright, essayist, dramaturg, and bookseller. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Flinders University and an Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing from the Adelaide College of the Arts. His work has been featured by Overland, Australian Book Review, RealTime, The Saturday Paper, ArtsHub, CityMag, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Witness Performance, and Daily Review, as well as the international publications Tanzconnexions, ArtsEquator, and Plays International & Europe. In 2013 Ben was an Emerging Writer in Residence at the SA Writers’ Centre, and was a featured playwright at the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival Adelaide Roadshow and the 2015 National Play Festival. His plays have been performed in Sydney and Adelaide, including by the award-winning Adelaide independent theatre companies five.point.one and SAYarts. In 2016-17 he was an inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow and in 2018-19 was writer-in-residence at the Mill. His latest performance projects include commissions by ActNow Theatre, Next Wave Festival, and OzAsia Festival. His experimental performance work Below the Line, an exploration of online comment culture, was featured in Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix’s national experimental arts hothouse, in 2017, and was to be presented in May 2020 at Melbourne’s SUBSTATION as part of Next Wave Festival. Most recently he was a core writer on DECAMERON 2.0, a collaborative online theatre project by the State Theatre Company of SA and ActNow Theatre. He is currently working on his first book, on psychedelics in Australia, and was appointed to the board of Writers SA in May 2021.