CHAIR – Distinguished Professor JEFF MALPAS

Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Latrobe University. He is the founder and first Director of the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics (now the Inglis Clark Centre). He is also the author of 20 books and more than 100 scholarly articles on topics ranging from philosophy and art to architecture and geography.

He is currently working on topics including the ethics of place, the failing character of governance, the materiality of memory, the topological character of hermeneutics, the place of art, and the relationship between place, boundary, and surface.



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Caroline Dean grew up surrounded by writers and writing. She is a sociologist committed to social justice principles and in her current work assists communities, workplaces and individuals to understand the dynamics between power and bullying. Professionally she encourages others to use writing as a means of developing personal agency. She has successfully implemented numerous writing and arts projects in prison environments. She is the founder of non-profit organisation Challenge Bullying which aims to eliminate the harm caused by workplace bullying. In the mid ’90s Caroline was the coordinator of the Tasmanian Writers Centre. Recently, she and her family setup the Dean Foundation in honour of her writer parents, Geoff and Elizabeth Dean. The foundation aims to promote short story writing by running an annual national short story competition.



Claire Thornett has a Masters degree in Professional Accounting and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She works as a specialist tax advisor in public practice and her expertise include specialist taxation advice for not-for-profits, charities and cooperatives. Before completing her Masters, Claire completed an Arts degree with Honours in English at the University of Tasmania. Her thesis was a study of Tibetan travel narratives and examined how story telling informs the self and creates a place to reimagine identity.



Robbie Arnott won the 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, and was a runner-up in the 2014 Erica Bell Foundation Literature Award. His work has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Seizure, Island, Visible Ink and the Review of Australian Fiction. Robbie is keen to support other young writers and the pathways for them to get published.



Nicole Gill is a Tasmanian writer and environmental management specialist. Her writings on nature, humans and other animals have featured in a broad range of publications, including The Monthly, Island, The Guardian, Good Weekend Magazine, and The Best Australian Science Writing (2016, 2017).  Her essays have been shortlisted for the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing, and for the Tasmanian Wildcare Nature Writing Prize. Her first book for children, Animal Eco-Warriors, was published through CSIRO Publishing in 2017, and was selected as a Notable Book as part of the 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year awards. 



Cameron Hindrum is a teacher and writer living in Launceston. Since 2003, he has coordinated the annual Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and for nearly 20 years he has organised spoken word events, readings, literary events and poetry slams for a variety of organisations including the Australian Poetry Slam, Tasmanian Living Writers Week, the Tasmanian Writers Centre and the Junction Arts Festival. His novel The Blue Cathedral (Forty South Books) was published in late 2011, and this was followed in 2012 by two volumes of poetry, Private Conversations Volumes 1 and 2 (Another Lost Shark and Walleah Press respectively). He completed an MA in Creative Writing in 2013, a residential fellowship at Varuna in NSW during January 2016 and is continuing work on a Doctorate in Creative Arts through the University of Wollongong, for which he is working on his second novel.


Christie Sweeting

Christie Sweeting started out her career studying visual arts, which led to her working in the cultural and creative sector in various positions including working as a visual artist and freelance designer. For over 15 years she has been working in the field of communications, marketing, event management and branding across government, corporate, cultural and not-for-profit sectors. Personally she loves travelling almost as much as she loves to be involved in the development of the creative and cultural community in Tasmania.