Storyfest is being organised by a dedicated team of volunteers with a wealth of experience. Our team has the experience and passion to make StoryFest a success, year in, year out. In July 2018, StoryFest launched with a sell-out event at the Milton Theatre. It featured international bestselling author Markus Zusak in the first event of his 2 year long world tour. Scroll down to learn more about our team members.
President & Festival Director
Meredith Jaffé is a writer, facilitator and book critic. She is the author of two published works of fiction, The Fence (2016) and The Making of Christina (2017). She was the Program Director for Batemans Bay Writers Festival in 2016 and regularly facilitates at other writers’ festivals including Sydney, Newcastle and St Albans, literary lunches and author events. For four years she wrote the weekly literary column The Bookshelf for the online women’s magazine The Hoopla. Her reviews, author interviews, feature articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Hoopla, Australian Author, the Guardian Australia, The Huffington Post and Mamamia. Meredith is also a freelance editor and her new children’s series launches in 2019 with Horse Warrior.
Program Director & Schools Program
Pamela Cook is an author, podcaster and teacher. She has four novels published with Hachette Australia, Blackwattle Lake (2012) Essie’s Way (2013), Close To Home (2015) and The Crossroads (2016). Pamela is the co- host of Writes4Women, a podcast focusing on women, writing and feminism and the sister podcast Writes4Festivals which covers regional writers’ festivals in NSW. Pamela teaches writing courses and workshops through her business, Justwrite and through Writing NSW. Pamela is also a regular presenter at a variety of literary festivals including Sutherland, Scone, Escapeart and Southern Highlands.
Vice President & Grants/Sponsorships
Alison Pakes is a Chartered Accountant having worked in large corporations including Ernst & Young and numerous property development companies, including her own finance business. She has a wealth of experience in budgeting, corporate finance, financial reporting and audit. She is the President of Friends of Milton Library, a voluntary organisation which saved the Milton community library from closure. FOML has more than 30 volunteers and operates Milton Library in partnership with Shoalhaven Council, which has expanded the hours and services offered. Alison was awarded the NSW Premier’s Community Service Award in 2018.
Treasurer – Budgeting & Finance
Monique is a Commercial Analyst within the FMCG industry. She is a CPA with experience in Financial Reporting, Account Management, Business Process Improvement, Budgeting & Sales Force Execution. She introduced the Friends of Milton Library Bookclub Program boasting some 200 members in its first year. She is a Committee member on numerous community & sporting organisations assisting with Fundraising, Grant Funding, Event Planning, Execution & Reporting.
Venues & Accommodation
Rebecca is the co-owner of Milton’s favourite café, Duke & Co. It is renowned for its paddock to plate experience with produce sourced from the family farm. Her family also owns and operates the Old Church function centre in Milton. She is experienced in event management and catering and works closely with local restaurants to bring a taste of the area to visitors via themed dinners, weddings and other special occasions.
Website Design & Marketing
Michelle is a strategic marketing professional with 25 years experience in a diverse range of industries including tourism, hospitality, professional services and retail. Michelle is also a professional website designer, helping clients to take their businesses online with fresh, modern websites designed in Squarespace.
Film Producer & Film Night Coordinator
Leonie Marsh (nee Mansfield) is a producer based on the NSW South Coast. She is currently producing Mickey Robertson’s gardening podcast The Kitchen Garden and produced Season 1 of Annabelle Hickson and Gillian Bell’s popular podcast Dispatch to a Friend. Leonie is a regular contributor for White Wash Magazine. She spent six years in London at Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Films, working on studio pictures including Kick Ass (Chloe Grace Moretz), The Debt (Helen Mirren), X MEN: First Class (Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender) and has produced numerous short films upon her return to Australia. In 2015 Leonie founded the Screen Vixens (a female screen producers collective), was Treasurer for Women in Film & Television NSW in 2016 and is a recipient of the Natalie Miller Brilliant Careers Leadership Program 2017.
Film Night Coordinator
Marion Hatwell is the Founder of the Reel Escape Short Film Festival currently in its fourth year. She is a supporter of young film makers, web creators and actors and enthusiastic about providing a platform for emerging Australian film makers to showcase their creations.
Michelle and Garry Evans
The Evans family owns Harbour Bookshop Ulladulla and, they have been servicing the book lovers of the Milton, Mollymook, Ulladulla region for over 18 years. Their deep love of literature, all things book related and of the majestic South Coast of NSW has made Harbour Books a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The Harbour Bookshop Ulladulla is actively involved in the community, including Escape ARTFest, book launches and literary events as well as the newly formed StoryFest. For the past six years, they have also been showcasing local authors, illustrators, designers, editors on the National and International stage through Harbour Publishing House.