Meet the KSP Team
Elizabeth is a published poet and poetry workshop facilitator living in Perth, WA. She has a degree in Writing & English, with Honours in Poetry from Edith Cowan University.
Elizabeth is passionate about connecting and promoting local writers and artists. In her other life she works in a community library dreaming of all the books she’d love to read.
Shireen is a keen reader who finds inspiration from the creativity that is found at the KSP Writers' Centre. She has a background in community development, landcare and facilitation, a Masters in Participatory Development and is a Justice of the Peace. She has worked across the state in community development roles. Shireen believes good governance is a cornerstone for empowering community groups to thrive, and brings her skills and experience in this field to the KSP Foundation.
Board of Management
Valerie is a secondary school teacher and researcher/writer. Her first book The House that Was Built in a Day: Anzac Cottage (UWA Publishing, 2007) was awarded a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2008. Valerie was the convenor of KSP’s 2013 Anzac Centenary social history book, Blackboy Hill is Calling. Valerie has twice won the City of Vincent’s Local History Awards, formerly served on the Australian Fellowship of Writers WA (FAWWA) committee and has been a KSP-member for over 15 years.
Board of Management
Lisa Rodrigues is a project manager and marketer with a Masters in Marketing. She’s passionate about developing the potential of communities and industries, both through her government career and volunteer work. She joined the KSP board in 2020. She’s a published writer, a member of KSP’s Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror writer’s group (FiSH) and winner of KSP’s Spooky Stories competition 2020.
Shannon joined the KSP team in 2012 and is the longest-serving employee in the Centre's history. She holds a Bachelor of Writing from Edith Cowan University with minors in editing and publishing, is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and won the Talus Prize for fiction in 2011. She has previously worked as a second-hand book-seller, freelance editor and human resources officer, and is a published short-fiction author.
Prof. Glen Phillips
Professor Glen Phillips is an internationally known poet, fiction writer, teacher and Director of the Landscape Centre at Edith Cowan University. At the first KSP Committee Meeting on 14 August 1985, Glen was elected as Chairperson. Glen currently plays an active role in guiding the Board of Management as needed and in supporting the Centre’s activities.
Board; LitCom Coordinator
Mardi has facilitated the Social History Writing Group (Past Tense) since its inception in 2002, and the Poetry Group (Poets@KSP) since 2008. She has published ten books of poetry and social history, and won numerous awards in several genres. Each year she edits the anthologies for her groups and organises selection panels for KSP's Writer-in-Residence program.
Board of Management
Tess is a published writer living in Perth, WA. She currently works as Deputy Editor for Grok magazine, and within marketing for a property development company. Tess has a Professional Writing and Publishing, and Literary and Cultural Studies degree from Curtin University. She is passionate about human rights and empowering women to be the decision-makers at the table.
Fern has volunteered at the KSP Writers' Centre since 2014, and has made an incredible difference in developing the heritage-listed KSP gardens. She coordinates work teams and provides training for other garden volunteers. She has also developed a unique heritage garden tour. A former nursery manager and member of Mundaring in Transition, Fern brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and warmth to the Centre. In 2015 she was awarded KSP Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her work.
KSP Life Members
Wooroloo Prison Farm
Literary Advisory Committee
Hospital Poets Committee
Maggie van Putten
Rose van Son