Meet the KSP Team


Elizabeth Lewis


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 Watson


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.

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Jake Liddelow


Jake joined the KSP team in 2019. He is currently a final year commerce student with majors in finance and accounting at the University of Western Australia.

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Melanie Hall


Mel Hall is a writer, musician and PhD student based in Fremantle. In the last few years, she has been longlisted for major writing prizes, such as the Fogarty Literary Award (2019), the Peter Carey Short Story Prize (2019) and the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award (2018). Mel's short fiction has been published by Westerly, Ginninderra, Sleepers and Tincture, and her debut novel is forthcoming with Fremantle Press in 2021.  Mel was a KSP fellow in 2017, and looks forward to giving back to the community which has fostered her writing journey. 


Valerie Everett

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.


Lisa Rodrigues

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.

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Fern Pendragon

Gardening Coordinator

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.

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Shannon Coyle


Shannon joined the KSP Board of Management as a volunteer in 2012 and started working for the Foundation in 2013. 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.

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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.

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Mardi May

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.


Michael Kyd

Board of Management

Michael joined the KSP Board at the AGM in October 2015. He is passionate about history, writing and mental health. Michael has worked for the Australian army and psychiatric hospitals around the country. Since settling in the Perth hills area, he has served on many local committees.

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Lisa Wolstenholme

Board of Management

Lisa is a published fiction writer who has previously worked in IT and as a counsellor at a UK Crisis Service. She brings to the KSP Writers’ Centre a wealth of experience in both technological processes and person-centred skills. Lisa became the KSP secretary in 2015 and is now also the Executive Officer for Wild Weeds Press, and the KSP retreats coordinator. Her first novel, The Sunrise Girl, was published in 2019.


Dr Shey Marque

Hospital Poets Coordinator

Shey Marque is a medical scientist, poet and fiction writer. She holds a PhD and worked as a haematology scientist in Australia and New Zealand before completing a Master of Arts (Writing). A former Board Member and Coordinator of the KSP Writers' Centre, her current role is Coordinator of Hospital Poets Australia. Her poetry has twice won The Karen W Treanor Poetry Prize and been placed in several competitions. Many other poems are published in literary journals including Cordite Poetry Review, Westerly, Award Winning Australian Writing 2014, and 2015, Australian Love Poems 2013 and others. Her first collection, Aporiac, was published in 2017 with USA publisher Finishing Line Press.

KSP Life Members

Charles Staples

Glen Phillips

Sally Clarke

Christopher Prince

Eris Macdonald

Christopher Oakeley

Collin O’Brien

Mardi May

KSP Committees

Literary Advisory Committee


Mardi May

Glen Phillips

Juliet Marillier

Melissa O'Shea

David Caddy

Guy Salvidge

Nathan Hobby

Melinda Tognini

Rashida Murphy

Gardening Committee


Fern Pendragon

Wooroloo Prison Farm

Sheree Lewis

Bernie Lewis

Events & Marketing Committee

Lisa Wolstenholme

Shannon Coyle

Rebekah-Jane Sheedy

Taysha Sullivan

Hospital Poets Committee


Shey Marque

Mardi May

Maggie van Putten

Rose van Son

Marcella Polain

Ffion Murphy

KSP Writers' Centre - Supporting Your Stories



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