Director (from July 2)
Jessica comes to Writers SA with significant leadership and senior management experience, extensive networks, and a strong background in literature, publishing and the arts.
Jessica was previously Program Manager of Melbourne Writers Festival. She directed the National Young Writers Festival, and was part of the executive leadership team of Regional Arts Victoria. She is Deputy Chair of Melbourne Festival’s Shadow Board, a Board Member of SYN Media, and Chair of the Kat Muscat Fellowship.
Jessica is widely published as a writer, with works in publications as diverse as The Guardian Australia, VICE, Overland and Cordite Poetry Review. As a broadcaster, Jessica has presented and produced radio programs with 3CR Melbourne, Triple R and Radio Adelaide.
“I am thrilled to be joining Writers SA,” said Jessica. “It is an honour to continue Sarah Tooth’s impressive legacy and I am excited to begin work with the team. Writers SA’s members are the life force of the literary arts and, indeed, South Australia is home to some of Australia’s best-loved writers. It is a privilege to lead one of the state’s greatest creative organisations to support writers and promote literature’s place in Australia’s cultural landscape.”
Matthew is a playwright, short story writer, interactive game writer, reviewer and fantasy author. His most recent short story, Seeking the Great Current, co-authored with #1 New York Times bestseller Sean Williams, was published in 2018 in Daily Science Fiction. His other short fiction has been published in Dimension6 and Sword and Sorcery Magazine, and he has written and directed plays for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He also writes and reviews for Grimdark Magazine and bestfantasybooks.com. He has recently received three Honourable Mentions in the international Writers of the Future Contest. Matthew is the Program Coordinator for Writers SA and is writing his third novel.