L – R: Khalid Warsame, Annie Waters, Izzy Roberts-Orr, Sian Campbell, Stella Charls, David Graham

Meet the New NYWF Team!

Continuing NYWF Co-Director Sian Campbell is joined in 2016 by three new Co-Directors: David Graham (NSW), Izzy Roberts-Orr (VIC) and Annie Waters (SA). A new Festival Manager and Coordinator have also been appointed, Stella Charls (VIC) and Khalid Warsame (QLD). Bringing together a wide range of skills and interests, the team has a great depth of knowledge in many different media and industries. After their first meeting in mid-January planning is well underway for the 2016 festival, which promises to be interactive, inclusive and just a little bit subversive.


Sian Campbell is a founder and the manager editor of Scum Mag. She is also a freelance writer and is studying Honours at the University of Melbourne. Her writing has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Voiceworks, and Junkee. In 2013 she was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship recipient.

David Graham has been reading, writing and performing poetry in Newcastle since he moved there when he was eighteen. He has also embroiled himself in the local scene hosting a monthly open mic poetry, performance and anything else night called Word Hurl Anti-Slam. He loves absurdism, surrealism, psychedelica and writing that doesn’t make any sense, but doesn’t mind a few truth bombs along the way too. David believes in encouraging everyone and anyone to write and be creative and enjoys giving all kinds of writers a platform to share and talk about their work.

Izzy Roberts-Orr is a writer, editor and radio producer based in Melbourne.  Her work has been published widely, including in Voiceworks, Seizure and various anthologies. In 2015, Izzy was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, a Melbourne Fringe ‘Uncommon Places’ artist, a Community Radio Network segments series creator, and shortlisted in both poetry and narrative non-fiction categories of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. Izzy is the Executive Producer of The ReReaders, and has worked with many community and arts organisations including Express Media, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Blak & Bright and RRR.

Annie Waters has been told in every writing exercise she’s ever done that she needs to put more of herself into the work. Luckily, she wants to become an editor when she grows up. She has degrees in English, Psychology, French and Professional Communications and has worked with Adelaide Writers’ Week on two festivals. In 2013-14, she edited and published eight editions of an online magazine and has since been involved with the SA Writers Centre Dubnium Young Editors project. Currently, Annie is happy to contribute to making events happen for writers (especially emerging ones) and working in an independent bookshop in Adelaide. She likes good books and soft textiles, little dogs and bright colours, writing that makes you double take and art of all kinds.


Stella Charls is an emerging arts manager and event producer. She currently works as the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Readings Books Music and Film within areas of advertising, administration, event management, partnership engagement and development. She has experience as a bookseller, programming intern, artist liaison, venue manager and volunteer manager. Stella has worked for festivals and organisations that support education and the arts such as Teach for Australia, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Australasian Worldwide Music Expo.


Khalid Warsame is a Brisbane-based writer and editor of short fiction, essays, and shopping lists. He is the fiction editor of The Lifted Brow and has previously worked as an editor for Overland Journal and Voiceworks. Khalid is the co-founder of the soon-to-be-launched art collective, Good Day, which aims to foster collaborative projects between young and established artists.