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Meet our hard working and diligent 2018 judges.

Delys Bird AM (Head Judge) has judged the TAG Hungerford Award several times and chaired the judges’ panel for the last WAPBA in 2016. She has published widely on Australian literature, co-edited Westerly over a decade until 2015 and served as Chair of Writing WA from 2006-2012.

Brooke Dunnell has had various roles as a workshop facilitator, editor, competition judge, reviewer, assessor and tutor. Her short fiction has been widely published and commended in several competitions. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia.

Elaine Forrestal is a writer, reviewer and public speaker. Her novels, historical fiction, short story anthologies and magazine articles have been published around the world in English, Italian and Slovenian.

Rachel Robertson is senior lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. Her published creative work is in the field of narrative non-fiction and memoir. Her academic interests include life writing, Australian literature, creative writing pedagogy and critical disability studies.

Richard Rossiter is a writer, editor, mentor and occasional judge of writing competitions, including the Tom Hungerford Award.  He has published a range of critical and creative works and is an Honorary Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University.

Dr Ken Spillman’s writing includes fiction for both adults and young people, non-fiction, poetry and literary criticism. His work has appeared in many translations and been shortlisted for a WA Premier’s Book Award five times, for two wins. He has a long experience of judging literary awards both in Australia and Asia.

Last updated on: 23 October 2019