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  • The Current Team

  • Kerry Kilner - Director, AustLit

    Kerry Kilner has been the Director of AustLit since 2002 and involved with its development since it inception in 1999. She is Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland. In 2019 she was appointed Reconciliation Action Co-ordinator for the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, assisting with the Faculty’s response to UQ’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Kerry also convenes a third-year internship course.

    Kerry completed an Honours degree in literature (1992) and a Masters degree in Women's Studies at Monash University in 1994. Her Master's research investigated the role of women in the Australian little theatre movement of the 1920s and '30s. 

    She is the leader of the Australian Drama Archive, and was Associate Editor of the four volume The Bibliography of Australian Literature (2002-2008), which she sometimes calls the last printed bibliography in the world. She was instrumental in the establishment of BlackWords in 2007. Her research interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature, Australian theatre, women’s history, and digital humanities.

    Visit Kerry's AustLit record

  • Anita Heiss - Director, BlackWords


    Professor Anita Heiss is a proud Wiradjuri woman, but born in Gadigal country. She has spent much of her life on Dharawal land near La Perouse. Anita is an award-winning prolific writer and editor of non-fiction, children's novels, historical fiction, and commercial fiction. 

    Anita is a strong advocate for Indigenous literacy, and is a Patron of Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Her support and leadership of BlackWords began at its foundation in 2007, and regularly advocates for BlackWords through educational and academic events.

    In 2019, Anita was appointed Professor of Communications at The University of Queensland, and divides her time between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies (ATSIS) Unit, and The School of Communication and Arts. Anita is also on the Board for State Library of Queensland.

    Visit Anita's AustLit record.

  • Jonathan Hadwen - Lead Developer

    Jonathan has been a developer for AustLit for over ten years. He is also involved in The University of Queensland's Digital Humanities and Social Sciences initiative run through UQ's Research Computing Centre.

    He writes poetry and short fiction and is a lover of Celtic folk music, occasionally attempting to play the Irish flute and tin whistle. 

    Visit Jonathan's AustLit record.

  • Brenden Jeon - Developer


    Brenden Jeon was born in Seoul, South Korea. He has been a developer for AustLit and Cirrus which is Learning and Teaching platform provided by AustLit since 2016.

    He loves reading books, and watching clips about scientists' biographies as well as science history. Brenden has also published some computer programming books.

  • Catriona Mills - Research and Content Manager


    Catriona Mills began work at AustLit in 2010, and is currently the Senior Research Manager. She holds degrees from Macquarie University and The University of Queensland, including a PhD on the writing career of Australian-trained nineteenth-century actor Eliza Winstanley.

    She has published on adaptations of penny weekly serials to the suburban stage, authorship attribution in nineteenth-century periodicals, steampunk, and Doctor Who, and has led AustLit research projects on steampunk and early Australian television.

    Visit Catriona's AustLit record.

  • Joanne Sawyers - Chief Indexer


    Joanne Sawyers completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Studies at The University of Queensland in 2002. After completing a Certificate in Workplace Assessment and Training she taught Computer Studies at the Bremer Institute of TAFE.

    After a short period working as a volunteer guide at the Ipswich Art Gallery, she took up a position as a Research Assistant for Dr Toni Johnson-Woods, working on her ARC funded pulp fiction project. During this time, she also lectured and tutored Media Studies at The University of Queensland Ipswich campus.

    In 2009, she joined the AustLit team and is now the organisation’s senior researcher and indexer.

    Joanne's favourite authors include: Michael Robotham, Candice Fox, Adrian McKinty, and Dervla McTiernan.

  • Amy Cross - Researcher and Administration Officer

    Amy Cross has been collaborating with AustLit since 2008, and began working at AustLit, UQ, in 2018. Amy's role includes subscription management, research, indexing, project assistance and content development.

    Her research interests include children's and young adult literature, genre fiction and digital humanities. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts (UQ), Grad Dip. in Library and Information Management (CSU) and a Master of Arts, Children's Literature (MQ). She has previously worked as a Researcher and Librarian.

    Amy's favourite books include: Battleaxe (Sara Douglass), How to Bee (Bren MacDibble), Ghost Wife (Michelle Dicinoski), and The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion).

    Visit Amy's AustLit record.

  • Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi - BlackWords Indexer and Editor


    Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi is apart of the Zagareb and Magaram/Dauareb tribes of Mer (Murray) Island. Their bloodline also reaches the village of Fahefa, Tonga.

    Meleika is a writer, poet, rapper, film and book critic. Her writing goes against the grain of colonial story telling, with her work always paying tribute to her roots, in ancestral and lyrical ways.

    Meleika joined AustLit in 2019.

    Visit Meleika's AustLit record.

  • Dr Lindsay Williams - Teaching and Education Advisor


    Dr Lindsay Williams has been an educator for 35 years. Known as the English Guru via his company Wordsmart Consulting, he has worked in teacher Professional Development with a focus on helping students to become more effective readers and writers. In this world, he travels all over Queensland and makes occasional forays interstate.

    He was recently awarded his PhD which explored how performers (especially comedians) build a rapport with their audiences. Lindsay is also Vice-president of ETAQ.

    Visit Lindsay's AustLit record..

  • UQ AustLit Management Committee

    Stephen Carleton

    Stephen Carleton is a playwright, and Senior Lecturer within UQ School of Communication and Arts.

    Simon Farley

    Simon Farley is the Fryer Librarian at The University of Queensland's Fryer Library. 

    Bronwyn Lea

    Bronwyn Lea is a poet, and Head of School for School of Communication and Arts. She is also a Board Director of UPLIT.

    Tom O'Regan 

    Tom O'Regan is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, School of Communication and Arts.

    Jacqueline Blanchard

    Jacqueline Blanchard is the CEO of UQP.

    Natalie Collie

    Natalie Collie is a Lecturer with the School of Communication and Arts.

  • Former Team Members

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