Chief Executive Officer
Juliet Rogers has had a career in the book publishing industry in both New Zealand and Australia. She was Managing Director of Random House NZ, a position she held for some nine years before migrating across the Tasman and becoming Managing Director of Random House Australia. From 2002 to 2011, Juliet was CEO of Murdoch Books and since leaving that role has been running her own business, The Wild Colonial Company, publishing books, high end gift stationery and mentoring and consulting within the wider book industry. Julie chaired Booksellers New Zealand for a number of years and was President of the Australian Publishers Association for three years until 2009. She has also been Chair of the book industry charity, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation for the past 5 years.
Prior to joining the ASA Jacqui held various positions at the NSW Writers' Centre and completed a six-month internship with NewSouth Books in social media marketing and digital publishing. Jacqui has had short fiction published in a number of journals and anthologies including Voiceworks, The Emerging Writer, Verity La as well as broadcast on ABC Radio National. Jacqui was the Communications Officer at the ASA from 2012 - 2015.
Professional Development Officer
Laurine has had a long career in publishing, working as an editor, packager and consultant in both Australia and the UK. She has written scripts for the television show Hi5 and had over 15 fiction and non-fiction books published for children. Her latest book, iHarry, was released by Penguin in 2011. Laurine also tutors at the Sydney Writer’s Centre and the NSW Writer’s Centre, and presents workshops to schools via video conference with Literature Live!
Lauren has a background in editing, publishing, research and administration, having held positions at The Australian Financial Review, Harper Voyager, UTS Writers’ Anthology and at the School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) from UTS. Lauren is currently writing an accidental novel about a politician and a soothsayer.
SA State Rep
Writing both Women's Commercial Fiction and Children's Adventure Fantasy around her day job, Tamara doesn't know the meaning of downtime. She is currently querying her second book while editing her third and finishing the first draft of her fourth. She lives in Adelaide with her Australian Terrier, Jess and when she does take a break from the computer, she'll have her nose in a book, her bum in a movie theatre where she'll be stuffing her face with popcorn or you'll catch her on Rundle Street gorging on noodles.
WA State Rep
Glennys's passion for writing began in the 1980s while working for the Australian Red Cross where she produced the Youth Magazine on an old ink press. After spending the next twenty years working in consumer psychology, researching why we do the things we do, Glennys focused her research on helping people rather than organisations. Her first book 50 Ways To Grieve Your Lover was used in the Victorian Bush Fires, along with the New Zealand Pike Mine Disaster and continues to sell internationally. As a result she was profiled in US guru Seth Godin's book about people making a difference. She now contributes to a number of publications, has produced two more books To ePublish or not to ePublish and Me Time: 100 strategies for guilt free Me Time, while her blog The Ponder Room is now read in over 40 countries. She concedes that while most children stop asking 'but why' she continues to be plagued by the question, and is thankful that writing and ASA education sessions offer one means of feeding her habit.
QLD State Rep
Sheryl Gwyther is a published author of children’s books and short stories for adults. She held a position on the ASA Board of Directors for two years, and is the Queensland representative for SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Sheryl is a past recipient of two ASA Mentorships, two May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowships, and a SCBWI International Work-of-Outstanding-Promise award. She is a long-term advocate for writers and illustrators, literacy and literature.
ACT State Rep
Christine M Knight is a Canberra based published author of women's fiction, poetry, short stories, and blogs. A graduate of Macquarie University, Christine travelled extensively overseas and lived for three years in the United States. She has now settled in the Canberra region. Fascinated by people, she enjoys both research into contemporary life and writing about it. The second edition of her debut novel In and Out of Step was released in January 2013. Her second novel Life Song is scheduled for release in October 2013. Her third novel is under development. A writer, public speaker, and teacher, Christine continues to have a varied and enriching life.
Tasmania State Rep
Christina Booth is an award winning illustrator / author for children. With more than 17 books published, Christina works full time from her bush studio just outside Launceston in Tasmania. Christina trained as an artist (BA of Fine Arts) and a teacher (Dip Teach. K-12) and taught at an number of schools in Tasmania and New South Wales before establishing herself as an author and illustrator. She enjoys the opportunity to visit schools around Australia, sharing her passion for art, reading , writing and the environment with children and adults alike.
Christina started her career illustrating poetry for Colin Thiele, Max Fatchen and Christobel Mattingley and loves that she 'colours-in' for a living. Christina is the author of Welcome Home, Kip, Potato Music and Purinia, A Devils Tale.