Management Committee

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 Masters Degree in Computer Science and commenced a Masters Degree 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.

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 committees, ten years as a Girl Guide Leader and Regional Junior Leader Coordinator. Sue moved to Tasmania five years ago.

DEPUTY CHAIR- 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.Though if pressed, he would always admit to being a writer, at heart. He has had several travel articles published in the Weekend Australian newspaper and the 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.

TREASURER – CARY LENEHAN

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 shortswords 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.

SECRETARY – KATE EAGLES

I’m originally from country NSW, growing up on a sheep property. I spent about 20 years as a print journalist, working mostly on country newspapers. I followed that with a brief stint in public relations, promoting Brisbane and environs, then the Brisbane Royal Show as a media liaison officer. I went to University later in life, getting my Bachelor of Arts (2013) then a Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, near Brisbane (2017). I am currently doing English Honours part-time at UTAS. After coming to Tassie for many years (starting in the ’80s) as a visitor, I arrived in February to live here as a resident. My main interests are history and English. I am writing a book about my great-great-grandfather, a master mariner who arrived in Australia aboard his own ship in 1826. I’m excited to be a part of TWC’s new adventure.

ROBYN FRIEND

Tutor, manuscript assessor and mentor, Robyn Friend is the author of two novels, three oral history collections and numerous articles, short stories and reviews. As the holder of a number of grants, fellowships and residencies, she has taught all aspects of writing from beginners to post graduate, across cultures and communities both in Australia and overseas. Previously State Literature Officer and a past peer of the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania, Robyn is currently on Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Australian and New Zealand Cultural Studies. She is a Life Member of the TWC.

TERRY WHITEBEACH

Terry Whitebeach has published work in a variety of genres, including poetry, young adult novels, radio plays, children’s picture books and biography. She has taught creative writing all over Australia, edited several collections of writing, and helped establish the Indigenous Creative Writing programme at Batchelor Institute, Alice Springs. She has a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, a MA in English Literature and Creative Writing and PhD in History – Biography.