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.

Held annually during the month of May, 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.

JANE FINEMORE

Program Director

Jane Finemore has enjoyed an extensive 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 Amy Tan, Lionel Shriver, Jeffrey Eugenides, Helen Garner, GRR Martin, Simon Winchester, Rosie Waterland, Rosie Batty, Annie Proulx, Magda Szubanski and Jonathan Franzen. Jane loves reading and working with authors so programming the Queenscliffe Literary Festival is an unmitigated pleasure for her.

THE 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.

JILL SWANSON

Vice president and Sponsorship

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.

CLAIRE DUFFY

Secretary

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.

PAULINE PARKER

Treasurer

Pauline Parker has been a teacher, university tutor and lecturer, an Australian Volunteer in The Maldives, a dish pig and, currently, a passionate bookseller. Pauline spent many years working to improve teaching capacity in NT remote community schools and is an enthusiastic reader of all First Nations writing. Having published a book based on her PhD, Pauline is once again focussing on her own writing as she continues to read widely in her current position.

JACINTA FARRUGIA

Committee member

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 program.

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 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.

COLLETTE STEWART

Committee Member

A bookworm with a travel bug, Collette Stewart’s passion for tourism, events and the arts combined to create a diverse, satisfying career. A key contributor to the travel book Going Solo a Guide for Women Travelling Alone, she publicised the joys of solo, safe and cultural travel. Working for the Australian Tourism Commission, based in London, Collette marketed Australia as a travel destination to the UK and Ireland travel trade, along with promoting the Sydney 2000 Olympic Host City Campaign. Returning home, she utilised her event management, marketing and sponsorship skills to promote commercial events such as The Good Food and Wine Show and cultural events including the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Midsumma and the Melbourne Writers Festival. An avid snorkeller, stingray spotter, and backyard birder, Point Lonsdale is her perfect home base.

JODIE MITCHELL

Committee Member

After completing a Bachelor of Business at Monash University, Jodie began her professional career in the area of website design and content management, before moving into more senior roles involving development and implementation of online strategies for both the government and private sector. Jodie then worked in senior IT roles where she led operational teams, working with major Australian brands and organisations to move their services, processes and systems online. As well as her Bachelor degree, Jodie holds qualifications in Project Management, Business Analysis and IT process management (ITIL).

Jodie and her young family moved to the Bellarine Peninsula nearly 10 years ago, and after taking some time out of work to wrangle toddlers, Jodie established her own successful social media based business. Jodie also continues to undertake contract work in her professional field. When not working Jodie enjoys playing tennis, gardening, sewing and enjoying the beautiful environment of the Bellarine Peninsula. Jodie brings her professional qualifications, her business experience and her love of reading, art and design to the QLF committee.

Associate committee members:

VIV FOGARTY: ticketing and volunteer coordinator
PIP MAY: media co-ordinator