Committee & Event Background

The Festival

The Queenscliffe Literary Festival brings the best of established and emerging Australian literary talent to the Borough of Queenscliffe and the greater Bellarine community.

The Festival has become a recognised and anticipated cultural event on the local calendar.

The purpose is to curate a lively and intelligent season of events that stimulates discussion and to provide opportunities for engagement and participation.

The program aims to be inclusive, accessible, thought-provoking and diverse. It celebrates Australian literature across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music and art delivering an exciting and diverse range of authors, artists, musicians and artisans to the Borough of Queenscliffe and the wider community.


Elizabeth McCarthy

Program Director

Elizabeth has worked as a radio producer and presenter for over 20 years, predominantly at Melbourne’s 3RRR, where she also anchored the flagship weekly books and writing show Multi-Storied. She served as a board member at 3RRR and has worked as a judge for Stella Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. She hosts in-conversation literary events for The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Writers Festival, and previously for Sydney Writers Festival, regional literary festivals, and local libraries. She is a regular book reviewer on ABC Radio Melbourne and is a live events producer for RMIT Culture.

The Committee



President and Partnerships

Pauline Nunan is a former teacher and has been involved in international education as a university marketing and recruitment manager for many years with extensive experience as an events manager. She has long been an avid reader, a book club member and loves attending writers’ festivals and book events. Pauline is widely travelled and always enjoys reading novels about the places she visits as well as more conventional travel and culture books. Her reading interests vary widely from crime fiction to contemporary fiction, biographies, history and politics. Recently Pauline moved permanently to Queenscliff after being a regular visitor for 10 years. She is delighted to be living in such a vibrant and interesting community.



Vice President

Kirsty Wilson has worked in the Australian book industry for 30 years, including as a bookseller, State Library touring officer, publicist and publicity manager. She was the sales and distribution manager at award-winning small publisher UQP for 2.5 years, and sales and marketing director at iconic Melbourne indie Text Publishing for nine years. Kirsty lives on Wadawurrung Country with her young family.




Erin Kelly is a project manager and writer from Ocean Grove. She grew up in Kornoo (Barwon Heads) and has recently returned to live in the area after many years living in Melbourne and internationally.

She has worked in digital and strategic project management, co-founded an all-female theatre company, directed and produced many theatre shows, and her writing has been published in various journals both nationally and internationally.




Zanette Phillips was involved in business management and then adult training where she has written digital literary and business courses for her website. Her background has been in office administration and business management for over 30 years covering over 20 different industries.

Cash flow control and cost management in addition to accounting, budgeting has been her strengths. Zanette’s first book Don’t Let Your Customers Run Your Business explains in a succinct way how to take control of the debtor’s ledger.

Zanette has lived in Queenscliff for 3 years and is pleased to be part of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival team.




Lyn has been an on and off resident of Queenscliffe since 1973. She has worked in the social justice arena for the past four decades and has extensive experience in utilizing varying arts mediums to explore contemporary issues of concern to communities. She has also supported development of arts activity which builds inclusive and cohesive communities and engages a diverse range of people in creative activity and the exploration of new ideas.



Committee Member

Marg Bowman’s abiding interest in the arts and love of books led to a career in book publishing and the visual arts. In late 2014, after an engrossing two and a half decades living in Alice Springs and Sydney, Marg returned to the fold of her home state Victoria. In Alice she worked with Indigenous publisher IAD Press/Jukurrpa Books, and in Indigenous visual art at Papunya Tula Artists, Artback NT and Tjanpi Desert Weavers. A major highlight was editing and compiling the book Every Hill Got A Story, an Aboriginal peoples’ account of their lives and recent history in Central Australia. On her return to Melbourne, Marg became managing editor at Hardie Grant Publishing. She has recently re-established her own freelance editing business and maintains her ongoing engagement with Indigenous art and writing. Marg divides her time between Melbourne’s diverse inner city and the seaside tranquillity of Point Lonsdale.




Emma works in the not-for-profit sector specialising in the transformation of organisational systems, processes, and culture, leading strategic programs of work in high-risk environments to deliver on sector reform and change.

Dedicated to making meaningful contributions that positively impact the community, Emma is driven to support the cultivation of inclusive environments where everyone's contributions are valued and a shared sense of purpose drives collective success.

As a Geelong local and avid reader, joining the committee of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival presented an ideal opportunity to be part of an environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, and creativity in the community.



Committee Member

Jacinta has lived in Queenscliff for 30 years and has been strongly involved in the local community, was chair of Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House for ten years and as a volunteer and team leader for the Queenscliff Music Festival. She has a passion for early childhood and primary education and has worked as a teacher with a focus on encouraging participation in the Arts. She has also been a marine educator, and a presenter and producer of science and technology programs for the Education Department. Jacinta is enjoying being part of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival Committee and especially providing support for the local in-school days program.



Committee Member

Since being captivated as a child by bedtime stories and the tales of her clan passed on by her father, Heather has always recognised the power and importance of storytelling. This has led to a longstanding love of books, bookshops and the magic of literature.

Committed to building community connection and creativity, she has worked as a support worker, teacher and project manager, and was the co-founder and co-director of the Ballarat Apron Festival.

Now, after a career in Adult Education and the Community Services, Heather is excited to share her passion for storytelling and encouraging creativity by joining the committee of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival.



Schools Program



Associate Member – Ticketing

Viv has lived in Queenscliff for 23 years and has been enthusiastically involved in the local community. With the Queenscliff Music Festival she has been a Volunteer Artist Team Leader and continues as Team Leader for the Kids Quarter. She was awarded a Life Membership in 2010.

For the past seven years, Viv is also a committee member for the Queenscliffe Community Market, assisting with guidance and advice for the Queenscliff Primary School. Over many years, she has enjoyed being involved with Queenscliffe Literary Festival, as a volunteer coordinator and Ticketing Guru (Trybooking) for the Festival. Viv is enjoying her retirement in this gorgeous seaside environment, together with heading to Melbourne where family (the grandchildren) live!



Associate Member – Media and Communications, Writing Competition

Pip came to the QLF in 2019 to ‘help with a little bit of social media’ and her role has grown exponentially along with the Festival itself. In her past she had a long career in retail banking and then second long career in parenting, before gaining an Honours degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Pip lived in Belmont as a child and has loved bringing up her own kids in this area that has so much to offer. Pip has interned at the Canberra Writers Festival and worked with the Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival and Local Word Writers Festival.