Announcing the 2020 Team!

A new year is upon us, and with that- A new team! Well- Partially a new team!

Joining us this as Co-Directors for 2020 are Michael Louis Kennedy, Isobel Marmion & Raelee Lancaster.

Mike is a playwright/poet/journalist based in Sydney and his work has been featured in Voiceworks and The Sydney Morning Herald, and at Sydney Fringe Festival and Queer Theory in Glasgow, Scotland, and more. Mike hoards adjectives like a doomsday prepper.

Isobel is an Adelaide based performer/writer/lapsed-bookseller and her work has been featured in Lip Magazine and Dolly (RIP), and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Anywhere Festival, and more. Isobel strongly believes that any problem can be solved with a picture book, and also that ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ can solve any problem.

Returning as Co-Director is Raelee Lancaster, a writer/collaborator/creative producer based in Meanjin (Brisbane). Her work has been featured in the Guardian and Overland, and she her poem ‘haunted house’ was awarded first place for the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. Raelee is adamant that em dashes can save the world.

Our Co-Managers this year are Saoirse Nash and Jesse Oliver.

Jesse is a Perth based writer/producer/slam poet. His work has been featured in the Byron Bay Writers Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival. He is an Australian Poetry Slam Champion. He thinks that writing is wonderful, but the community is what keeps bringing him back to it.

Saoirse is a performance poet/gig runner/anarchist who was born in rural Ireland and currently lives on Whadjuk Noongar Boojar in WA. She has co-ordinated gigs with Spoken Word Perth and Perth Poetry Festival, and is one half of indie publisher ‘Hectic Measures Press’ which spreads the work of local poets with a particular focus on protest poetry and debut manuscripts. Saoirse is passionate about building platforms for others to share their work.

We’re thrilled to be working together on another year of NYWF, and have been plotting and planning to make this years festival as vibrant and interesting as we possibly can. Stay tuned for our Callout, and we’ll see you in October!