Our Team


We are dedicated to promoting, celebrating and making space for women who write women’s stories.

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With this aim our yearly Heroines Festival is a full day program of women writers who reclaim women’s histories, or creatively imagine their futures. We also run author speaking events and writing workshops.

As a niche micro-publisher, The Neo Perennial Press also publishes writing by women about women. We particularly have an interest in women’s history and mythology inspired works: old texts, works poetically renewed, adapted or recreated and speculative fiction.

I found that women, even when they were able to struggle through the restrictive conditions of womanhood, were often not recorded by history, and when they were written about they were primarily written about by men, not by other women.

So, I became interested in how we re-story women’s history, what we do where there are gaps in the record, and how different women’s stories would be, and our idea of who women are, if women’s stories are written in women’s voices.
— Dr. Sarah Nicholson


SARAH NICHOLSON is the creative director of The Heroines Festival and editor of the Heroines Anthology. She is an academic and writer who teaches in literature, philosophy, creative arts, gender and religious studies. She is a past director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, awardee of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust for Literature, and recipient of a Writer’s and Translator’s Centre of Rhodes fellowship. She was the 2017 Emerging Writer in Residence for the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers’ Centre. She is the author of The Evolutionary Journey of Woman and an editor of Integral Voices on Sex, Gender and Sexuality. She is a board member of the South Coast Writers’ Centre, and also the founder of The Neo Perennial Press, established as part of Wollongong Council’s Creative Spaces program.


CAITLIN WHITE, a writer and artist based in Wollongong NSW, is the Submissions Manager and Co-Editor for the Heroines Anthology.

She is the editor of Baby Teeth Journal and Social Media Manager for Wollongong Writers Festival, as well as a freelance copywriter and blogger. 


MIRANDA TOM, a third year Graphic Design student at the University of Wollongong, is part of the Media and Graphic Design team for the Heroines Festival. Currently studying her Bachelor of Creative Arts and majoring in Visual Arts and Graphic Design, Miranda has delved into a vast range of creative outlets including painting, digital illustration, print media and textile design. Throughout her university education, she has explored issues surrounding the environment and feminism and continues to use these topics as conceptual stimuli for her creative works.

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TANIA GABIS is part of Heroines Festival’s Design and Social Media team. She is an International student at the University of Wollongong, majoring in Visual Art and Graphic Design. Tania works with a variety of mediums but mostly focuses on drawing, painting and graphic design. Throughout her work, she reflects her travelling experiencing by exploring the themes of identity and global issues.

We acknowledge the Dharawal people

who are the traditional custodians of the sovereign and unceded land where The Heroines Festival is produced.