Committee

PAULINE NUNAN

President

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.

JACINTA FARRUGIA

Vice President and Kids Day Manager

Jacinta has lived in Queenscliff for 30 years and has been strongly involved in the local community, including being a member and current Chairperson of the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House 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 2019 program.

GEORGIE CLEGG

Secretary

Georgie is now living in Point Lonsdale having retired from full time work in Melbourne where she lived in Richmond. Georgie was a buyer for Henry Bucks Menswear store, based in Collingwood, for the last 11 ½ years and prior to that worked at Market Import homewares store in Armadale for many years. She has had many years in travel (many years ago!) in a ticket office with international airlines in Melbourne and travel agency and is currently enjoying being involved in the local environment again after many childhood memories of “Lonnie”!

MARION BENFELL

Treasurer

Marion was born and raised on a farm south of Dunedin, New Zealand, where she grew to love the lakes and mountains of Otago (Wanaka, Queenstown), hiking, skiing, and horse riding. She moved to Melbourne to further equestrian pursuits. Her husband owned and operated a small business in Melbourne for 20 years but they always maintained their link with the coast and the surf through endless trips to Point Lonsdale, until finally settling here 18 months ago. Having always been an avid reader, Marion has found it a great pleasure to become involved with the Queenscliffe Literary Festival and the wonderful group of fun loving and highly motivated book people determined to bring the world of print to the community.

JILL SWANSON

Grants and Sponsorships

After graduating from Monash University with a BA in Sociology and Psychology, Jill spent several years living overseas. Upon her return, she spent the early part of her working life in marketing and communications. She has always had a passion for our environment (and its inhabitants) and the need to factor its continued health into the decisions we make. As such, she has been fortunate to spend the last twenty years working in environment-based organisations – fifteen years at the Australian Conservation Foundation in publications, volunteer management, community engagement, and fundraising, and five years at Bush Heritage Australia in fundraising and bequests.

JANE FINEMORE

Programming

Jane Finemore has enjoyed an exciting career in book publishing working in major publishing houses in Sydney and Melbourne as well as spending ten years at the ABC. She has had the privilege of working and travelling with many leading writers and thinkers including George RR Martin, Amy Tan, Jeffrey Eugenides, Helen Garner, Kate Grenville, Simon Winchester, Rosie Waterland, Rosie Batty, Toni Jordan, Annie Proulx, Magda Szubanski, Jonathan Franzen, and many others. Jane is a book tragic and loves working with authors so for her, programming the 2019 Queenscliffe Literary Festival is an unmitigated pleasure.

MARIA TAKOLANDER

Committee Member

Maria Takolander is an award-winning fiction writer and poet. She is the author of the short-story collection The Double (Text Publishing 2013) and two full-length poetry collections, The End of the World (Giramondo 2014) and Ghostly Subjects (Salt 2009). She is currently writing a novel for Text Publishing, and she is an Associate Professor in Writing and Literature at Deakin University in Geelong. Her website is mariatakolander.com.

DONNA TEBOLDI

Committee Member

In 1998 Donna resigned from her position with Telstra (Business and Corporate Division-Billing Consultant) after 19 years and moved to Point Lonsdale. Since then she has completed a book-keeping course and has worked part-time in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale in various businesses. She has also been a treasurer at Queenscliff Neighbourhood House and was the book-keeper at the Point Lonsdale Surf Club. She is a very keen bike rider and has completed many long distance bike tours over the last 15 years including the east coast of Australia, Italy and France.

CLAIRE DUFFY

Committee Member

Dr Claire Duffy PhD works at the Victorian Women’s Trust as a Grants Officer. She has a deep interest in literature and its value in creating, critiquing and capturing cultural identity. Claire has had a long association with Queenscliff through the Queenscliff Sea Scouts and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Queenscliff flotilla.

MARG BOWMAN

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 arts 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. Marg is currently managing editor at Hardie Grant Books. She divides her time between Melbourne’s diverse inner city and the seaside tranquillity of Point Lonsdale.

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