Speakers & Guest Bios

2022 Word Festival Toowoomba

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Bianca Martin

Bianca Martin

Bianca Martin (she/her) is a zinemaker, musician, and independent researcher currently based in...

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Nike Sulway

Nike Sulway

Dr Nike Sulway is a novelist, short story writer, researcher and teacher who works across...

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Katrina Wilson

Katrina Wilson

Katrina is founder of The RUGBY Mindset® and The Agile Mindset Institute™ and creator of RUGBY...

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Bev Ryan

Bev Ryan

Bev Ryan is an experienced book production manager and an Author Accelerator certified non-fiction...

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Peter Frazer

Peter Frazer

Peters love for Bush Poetry stems from his life in rural Queensland. He is a member of the...

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Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly is the General Manager of Boolarong Press. Boolarong was established in 1976 to promote...

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Jenny Stubbs

Jenny Stubbs

Jenny Stubbs is a teacher-librarian by profession, is passionate about children's literature, and...

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Bronte Geitz

Bronte Geitz

Bronte Geitz is a long time local with a love of zines, stories, and as much art as she can get...

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Robyn Beeston

Robyn Beeston

Robyn's career has stretched beyond her recognisable art.  She has worked across more than ten...

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Luca Greenleaf

Luca Greenleaf

Luca is a writer of blogs which focus on Historic Homes of the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Region...

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Verity Croker

Verity Croker

Verity Croker writes across a range of genres. Her YA novels, Jilda's Ark and May Day MIne are...

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Bella Paige

Bella Paige

Bella Paige here, country girl from the south Burnett region who moved to the city in her early...

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Molly Bell

Molly Bell

Molly BellPharmacist Manager  Mother, wife, daughter, sister, pharmacist, friend, a proud...

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Tracy Sheen

Tracy Sheen

Tracy is a pioneer in Australian podcasting, having written and produced the world's first panel...

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Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Jane’s authorship is known by her many books, a mix of children’s stories series, and adult...

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Sarah Pye

Sarah Pye

In 2012, in the middle of the humid jungle of Borneo, Sarah Pye met the smallest bear species in...

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Irena Kobald

Irena Kobald

Irena Kobald was born in Austria and has a master's degree in Russian. By the time she came to...

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Jacki Ferro

Jacki Ferro

Brisbane writer, editor, and community development worker Jacki Ferro specialises in memoir at her...

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Kim Foale

Kim Foale

Kim Foale is a Brisbane author. Having worked for many years in office administration, when...

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Thomas Alan

Thomas Alan

Thomas Alan is a Toowoomba-based carpenter-turned-writer. He has been published in the Slinkies...

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Steve Pirie

Steve Pirie

Steve Pirie is a writer, theatre maker and youth arts worker currently based in Meanjin /...

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Mark Copland

Mark Copland

Dr Mark Copland is a trained historian.  He co-authored One Hour More Daylight: A Historical...

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Rory H Mather

Rory H Mather

Hi, I’m Rory, a big kid with a beard. I enjoy picture books, fist bumps, stuff, items and things....

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Gary Crew

Gary Crew

Gary Crew is Professor Emeritus at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has published over 100...

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Stacy Nottle

Stacy Nottle

Memoir Writing - If not now, then when? with Stacy Nottle Have you been thinking about writing a...

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Adele Jones

Adele Jones

Adele Jones writes fringe and near science fiction for young adults, historical fiction, poems,...

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