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Meet the KSP Team


Kate Driver


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.

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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.


Marilyn Chin


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. 


Henry Plunkett

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.

Shannon Britza

Shannon Britza

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 Stevanovic


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. 

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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.


Sarah Leck

Board of Management

Sarah is a relatively new writer having joined the KSP Novel Writers Collective last year. In her professional life she is a consultant with extensive experience in business case development, economic analysis and reporting. Sarah has an MSc in Economics from University of Sheffield and is currently studying for an MSc in Environmental Science from UWA.


Francesca Stewart

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.

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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.

KSP Life Members

Charles Staples (RIP)

Glen Phillips

Sally Clarke (RIP)

Christopher Prince

Eris Macdonald

Christopher Oakeley

Collin O’Brien (RIP)

Mardi May

Shannon Britza

KSP Committees

Gardening Committee


Fern Pendragon

Wooroloo Prison Farm

Sheree Lewis

Bernie Lewis

Literary Advisory Committee


Mardi May

Glen Phillips

Melissa O'Shea

Guy Salvidge

Nathan Hobby

Melinda Tognini

Carolyn Wren

Elizabeth Lewis

Josephine Taylor

Emily Paull

Hospital Poets Committee


Shey Marque

Mardi May

Maggie van Putten

Rose van Son

Marcella Polain

Ffion Murphy

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