CHAIR – SUE KENNEDY
Sue has extensive experience as an Information Technology professional working in various areas, such as mining, insurance, manufacturing, government and education, both in Australia and overseas. Her specialist areas include Information Security, Project Management, Risk Management, Business Continuity, Business Analysis and Methodologies, both as an industry practitioner and as an academic.
She has a MSc in Computer Science and commenced a MA in English to improve her writing. However, she was asked to take over as Director of a major industry project and was unable to complete that degree. In spite of that, Sue had a short piece selected for broadcast on ABC Radio National and subsequently published as part of the associated collection of writing. Currently, writing the first book of what will hopefully become a fiction series and researching for a non-fiction book about a secret military operation of WW2.
Over the years Sue has served in a number of voluntary roles in Western Australia such as Deputy Chair of a Child Care Centre Management Committee, member of various school and University committees, ten years as a Girl Guide Leader and Regional Junior Leader Coordinator. Sue moved to Tasmania in 2013.
TREASURER – JAMES PAYNE
James and his family moved to Tasmania from their farm in northern NSW in late 2016. Prior to these twenty years of growing pecan nuts and coffee, he worked in Sydney as a computer programmer, barista, recruitment agent and barman, the latter to support him as he completed an Honours degree in History at the University of NSW in 1981. If pressed, he would always admit to being a writer at heart. He has had several travel articles published in the Weekend Australian and Country Living magazine. Now that he is no longer picking nuts, roasting coffee and maintaining a hundred acres of farmland, he is working on his first novel and hopes to contribute as much as possible to keeping the Tasmanian Writers Centre alive and well.
SECRETARY – KATE EAGLES
Kate was originally from country NSW, growing up on a sheep property. She spent about 20 years as a print journalist, working mostly on country newspapers. She followed that with a brief stint in public relations, promoting Brisbane and environs, then the Brisbane Royal Show as a media liaison officer. She went to University later in life, getting her Bachelor of Arts (2013) then a Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, near Brisbane (2017). Currently, she is doing English Honours part-time at UTAS. After coming to Tassie for many years (starting in the ’80s) as a visitor, Kate arrived in February to live here as a resident. Her main interests are History and English. She is writing a book about her great-great-grandfather, a master mariner who arrived in Australia aboard his own ship in 1826. She is excited to be a part of TWC’s new adventure.
Cary Lenehan is a former trades assistant, soldier, public servant, cab driver, truck driver, game designer, fishmonger, trainee horticulturalist and university tutor – among other things. His hobbies include collecting and reading books (the non-fiction are Dewey decimalised), Tasmanian native plants (particularly the edible ones), the SCA and gaming. He has taught people how to use everything from short swords to rocket launchers. He met his wife at an SF Convention while cosplaying and they have not looked back. He was born in Sydney before marrying and moving to the Snowy Mountains where they started their family. They moved to Tasmania for the warmer winters and are not likely to ever leave it. Looking out of the window beside Cary’s computer is a sweeping view of Mount Wellington and its range.
There are eight novels in Cary’s Warriors of Vhast series, all signed to a publisher. Seven are already written. All of the shorter stories are set in the same world and add character background to the main characters or tell side stories that do not affect the main plot. A short story, or half a novella is released every month.
Chris is an experienced web and mobile developer who has previously worked in a web analytics and content development role. He works closely with clients to develop websites and applications, and make recommendations for their future improvement.
Chris is a fantasy and science fiction writer with two short stories published and a number of books, for both adults and children, at various stages of completion. While his passion for history and mythology underpins much of his writing, Chris also has a keen interest in technology—particularly the new storytelling opportunities it presents. In exploring these opportunities, Chris has written the script for an indy VR game and a pilot for a YouTube machinima series.
Soncha has facilitated arts and crafts groups for children with the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement- ‘Kids Grieve Too’ Hurtsbridge for the Victorian Bushfire Fund, for Bec’s Treehouse Art School in Melbourne and for the Australian Kidney Foundation, Kidney Kids Camp. She has also created music for the Love to Dance Ballet School, the Raw Collective and Living Room Theatre groups in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Soncha has contributed poetry to the A.C.G.B ‘Rememberings’ Volumes 1 and 2 and the Dax Centre Poetry Collection. She facilitated the Children’s Writers and Illustrators, (CWILLs), ‘Book Nook’ Storyteller Chair for the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival 2017, presenting 11 Tasmanian children’s authors books. She has been working for MONA in Tasmania for 3 years in Front of House and for the Dark Mofo and Mona Foma Festivals.