THE TASMANIAN WRITERS CENTRE TEAM
CHRIS GALLAGHER – CENTRE/FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Chris is the Centre Director and has worked widely across the literature sector as well as in theatre and the film industry. 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. Chris began her career working with Hobson’s Press in Cambridge, UK. She was awarded an Asialink residency in 2013/14 with the Jaipur Literature Festival in India. She is passionate about living in Tasmania.
MARION STONEMAN – PROGRAM AND MEMBERS SERVICES
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.
DANIELLE HANIFIN – PROJECT MANAGER
Originally from Rochester, New York, Danielle is an emerging photomedia artist based in Hobart. She received her Master of Visual Art by Research degree from La Trobe University in 2015 and Bachelor of Arts degree from Berry College, graduating Cum Laude in 2010 with a focus in photography and ceramics. Danielle has extensive experience in managing arts projects and logistics and working with multicultural communities for major national and international arts and cultural events. Danielle is also passionate about baking, food and growing fresh produce.
CHANTELLE PARRANT- FINANCE
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.
ARIANNE JAMES – COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT
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.