The Tasmanian Writers Centre Team

Chris Gallagher- CEO

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Chris Gallagher is Director of the Tasmanian Writers Centre and biennial Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival in Hobart. Chris has worked widely across the literature sector as well in theatre and film and is an artist, manager and film producer. She holds an Honours degree in English Language and Literature (Sydney University) and was Founding Director of the Australian Script Centre. She was the Director of the Victorian Writers’ Centre (now Writers Victoria) and an advisor with Screen Tasmania. Her passion is to facilitate powerful storytelling and to engage with diverse communities across art forms. Chris has worked in publishing in Cambridge, UK and assisted with the Jaipur Literature Festival in India in 2014 on an Asialink Arts residency. She is passionate about her life in Tasmania, the environment and she loves her work.


Marion Stoneman – Program and Member Services

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Marion supports writers and readers throughout Tasmanian and manages events, our workshop program, and members services. She has worked with Island Magazine and the independent Tasmanian publisher, Pardalote Press. She brings more than 20 years of experience in customer service and financial management working in small business. Marion holds a Diploma in Education, a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship and additional studies in Professional Writing and Editing.


Stephanie Eslake – Communications and Young Writers Program

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Stephanie Eslake has degrees in media and music. In 2014 she founded CutCommon, an internationally acclaimed online magazine for young classical musicians in Australia. Her writing has been featured in local and national publications such as The Mercury, Limelight Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Warp Magazine, The Herald Sun and more. In 2012, she co-founded and ran Upbeat Monthly News for the UTAS Conservatorium of Music, and has since written program notes for the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Stephanie has hosted features on Edge Radio 99.3 and ABC Classic FM, and mentors young writers as part of the Hobart City Council’s Platform youth magazine. She was named a semi-finalist in the 2016 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Awards, won the Australia Day 2017 Hobart City Council Young Citizen of the Year Award, and was a finalist in the 2017 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Awards.


Chantelle Parrant – Finance Manager

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Chantelle’s role encompasses a range of tasks predominantly focusing on the online functionality of the organisation and improving financial processes. Her background is in finance and management and she has worked in New Zealand, the UK and Australia. Chantelle is a Kiwi and moved to Tasmania following the first major earthquake in Christchurch. She has three children and lives on an acreage in beautiful Coningham. She looks forward to meeting talented writers and members and working from an office with an enviable view of the Hobart waterfront.


Ruth Dawkins – Marketing and Community Engagement

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Ruth Dawkins is a freelance writer, blogger and campaigner who comes from a tiny island in the north of Scotland. Three years ago she moved to Tasmania, where the cold winters, beautiful light and generous measures of whisky make her feel very much at home. She works in a community engagement role at the TWC to support and promote Tasmania’s established writers.

Festival Staff

Chris Gallagher- CEO [email protected]

Danielle Hannifin – Festival Management – [email protected]

Kate Harrison – Festival Marketing 

Intern team

Arianne James


Arianne is a writer of fiction and a lover of words, books, people, long conversations, eavesdropping, music, stars, cats and many other beautiful things in between. In February 2015 and 2016 Arianne spent a week at Varuna House in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Arianne had her short story, The Secret Art of Grieving published in the Hunter Writers Centre 2015 Grieve Anthology and recently a collection of micro fiction published in Swinburne University’s journal Other Terrain. In August 2016 her short story ‘Prelude to the Dawn’ will be published in ‘Backstory’ journal. Arianne is currently studying Psychology and Creative Writing at University and dreams of publishing collections of her short stories (some for adults and some for children) and a novel (or three) in the not-too-distant future.