Meet the KSP Team
Kate is a new writer in the muddle of her first novel. She is thrilled to be the Chairperson of the board, sharing governance and corporate service experience with such an accomplished organisation. As an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate, Kate understands the value of strategic thinking, which she balances with an irreverent love of the offbeat and random. In addition to sounding like 'Finance Degrees' when said quickly, Fine Arts Degrees have their uses.
Marilyn is a communications advisor and campaigns coordinator with over a decade of experience across the media and political sectors. She is also a writer and freelance book editor with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Curtin University. An alumna of the international Pitch Wars mentorship program, Marilyn understands the importance of community for authors, both aspiring and published. She enjoys fresh new takes on traditional genres, which may also explain her dual love of Golden Age mysteries and New Weird fiction.
Board of Management
Henry is a resident of the Perth Hills. He holds a degree in Creative Writing from Curtin University and co-facilitates the Monday night Novel Writer’s Collective group. He is thrilled to be a member of the board of directors at KSP and involved in the management of such an iconic piece of Perth’s literary history. Henry is working on his first novel, an absurdist comedy about conspiracy theories, set in contemporary WA. He enjoys shooting the breeze with friends, bushwalking, and speaking about himself in the third person.
Bookkeeper and Heritage Collection Officer
Shannon joined the KSP team as a volunteer newsletter editor in 2012 and went on to become the longest-serving employee in the Centre's history, as the Coordinator and then CEO from 2013-2022. She holds a Bachelor of Writing from Edith Cowan University, is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and won the Talus Prize for fiction in 2011. She has worked as a second-hand book-seller, freelance editor, and is a published short-fiction author. In 2022 she was awarded a Life Membership in recognition of her service to the KSP Foundation.
Sofija joined the KSP team as a Coordinator after deciding to finally pursue a life she dreamed of since she can remember. She holds a Bachelor of Marketing and PR and is currently doing her Master of Arts in Creative Writing through Curtin University. If she is not working, studying or plotting one of her horror-themed stories you will find her sipping on coffee with cockatiels, Phineas and Birb on her shoulders.
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
Jayde is a local Perth Hills resident with a deep appreciation for the KSP Writers' Centre and its community. Jayde has a background working for not for profits in the areas of family and domestic violence, homelessness and youth. As well as running her own small business, an organic and natural wholefood store. Having renewed her love of creative writing, Jayde now believes true social and individual change can come from stories we tell ourselves and others. She writes in the contemporary, realist genre, with her first work published in 2020. Jayde is currently completing her Masters in Arts- Creative Writing through Curtin University.
Board of Management
Francesca brings over a decade of commercial experience and vast exposure across industries, in Australia and overseas. Having had an extensive career in HR Management & Leadership, Francesca is passionate about women in governance, particularly in the Arts. In addition to holding qualifications in HR & Business Psychology, Francesca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English & Literary Studies with a Minor in Creative Writing from The University of Western Australia. Her poetry and critical reviews have been published in Pelican, Creatrix and Westerly.
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
Charles Staples (RIP)
Sally Clarke (RIP)
Collin O’Brien (RIP)
Wooroloo Prison Farm
Literary Advisory Committee
Hospital Poets Committee
Maggie van Putten
Rose van Son