Festival Staff


Chris Gallagher –  Festival and Centre Director

Chris Gallagher is Director of the Tasmanian Writers Centre and biennial Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival. Chris has worked widely across the literature sector as well in theatre and film and is an artist, manager and film producer. She holds an Honours degree in English Language and Literature (Sydney University) and was Founding Director of the Australian Script Centre.


Danielle Hanifin – Festival Project Manager

Originally from Rochester, New York, Danielle is an experienced multicultural project manager and an emerging photomedia artist based in Hobart. She received her Master of Visual Art (Research) degree from La Trobe University in 2015 and Bachelor of Arts degree from Berry College, graduating Cum Laude in 2010.


Paul Stephanus – Festival Logistics Manager

After a two year stint as an outdoor adventure guide, Paul produced and directed of a series popular site-specific adventure-theatre shows in Wellington, NZ. While living in NZ he also designed games and wrote murder mysteries for high-flying business folk. He has worked as a touring actor, script writer, business owner, academic English teacher, festival producer, and production manager for theatre, festivals and film.


Adrian Smith – Festival Marketing Manager

Adrian has spent the past 15 years as a senior marketing and communication manager with some of Tasmania’s iconic brands, including Chickenfeed Bargain Stores, Hazell Bros, TasWater and Ten Days on the Island.


Marion Stoneman – Program and Centre Services

Marion supports writers and readers throughout Tasmania and manages events, the Centre workshop program, and members services. She has worked with Island magazine and the independent Tasmanian publisher, Pardalote Press.


Josie Chapman – Centre Communications Manager

Josie’s work largely explores how to engage new audiences. From running workshops for babies, making podcasts with teenagers, working with artists in remote communities or developing the first virtual tours at TMAG, Josie believes art makes happier, healthier communities and wants to find ways to broaden its reach.


Maura Bedloe – Festival Copywriter

Maura is a Tasmanian writer and book lover. Her short stories and poetry have been published in anthologies and online, and in 2010 she was awarded an Arts Tasmania Assistance to Individuals grant and Tasmanian Writers Centre regional mentorship to develop the manuscript for her first novel, Bridge.


Katharine Dean – Festival Volunteers Coordinator

Katharine has a passion for both Tasmania and festivals and events. While juggling 4 young boys, 2 dogs and 1 wombat, Katharine has worked for many Festivals in Tasmania and Australia over the last 10 years, such as Dark Mofo and the Taste of Tasmania. This is her second time of being involved in the Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival, and loves the community connections that are created through such events.


Maggie Kudelka – Festival Volunteers Coordinator

Maggie has worked as project manager in the screen industry, visual arts, publishing and overseas aid sectors. This is her third Tasmanian Writers Festival. She has a BA in English, is married to a Tasmanian, and has one naughty cat and two well-behaved children. She is a founding member of the Miss Jane Book Club, which also involves cocktails.


Heather Malham – Centre Finance Manager