Our Team

Meet the team #LoveOzYA Team


Kate Eltham – Chair 

Kate has been reading Australian YA since she fell in love with the books of Ivan Southall and Gary Crew at age 11. Kate’s previous roles have included CEO of Queensland Writers Centre, Manager of Reading and Writing at the State Library of Queensland and Festival Director of Brisbane Writers Festival, where she established LoveYA!, a free all-day celebration of YA fiction. She is currently Business Development Manager for the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT.

Twitter: @kate_eltham

Renee Fletcher – Deputy Chair

Renee is completing a Bachelor in Professional Writing and Publishing and is currently working as a marketing associate. When she’s not studying, working or reading she’s helping the community with her local SES Unit by climbing on roofs, wrangling trees and helping the public prepare for storms and other natural disasters. She has a dog named Frank and spends more time at the beach than might be considered necessary.

Twitter: @reneejoan94

Marianna Shek – Communications Director 

Marianna is a research librarian, children’s author and reader. She has a PhD in Digital Literature, Graduate Diploma in Information Management, Bachelor in Animation, Bachelor in Pharmacy and not enough time to learn all the new things she wants to know. She occasionally blogs about her writing adventures at www.rockonkitty.com.au

Joshua Sorensen – Communications Director 

Joshua is a writer and children’s bookseller. He has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and has written for outlets such as Overland Journal, Kill Your Darlings, Going Down Swinging, and the Suburban Review. Novels with found family dynamics are to him what standing lamps are to David Byrne. You can follow him on realiftrue.substack.com

Instagram: @namebrandjosh

Dayna Smith

In Year 8, Dayna decided she wanted to read the entire school library before she finished Year 12. Alas, that dream was never achieved, and Dayna is a now public librarian in Queensland where she enjoys browsing a much bigger library. Like Hermione Granger, she believes that most problems can be helped, if not solved, by a trip to the library. She spends her time organising exciting events to give people a reason to visit their local library and wishes she knew what cool places public libraries were when she was a teenager.

Instagram: @d_li_ght

Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Research Fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the South Australian Museum and the University of South Australia. He is a playwright, museum curator, and author of several children’s books, including the YA novels My Spare Heart and Songs That Sound Like Blood

Instagram: @jaredthomas6

Elizabeth Little

Elizabeth doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t reading. With a childhood particularly influenced by the YA writing of Tim Winton and Emily Rodda, her passion for literacy carried her into a career as an English teacher. In recent years Elizabeth has finished a PhD in Young Adult Literature, and now works as a Lecturer at Deakin University. You’ll most likely find her in a local café reading the latest YA fantasy novel to hit the shelves in the library.

Krystal Gagen-Spriggs

Krystal is an academic and lecturer at Charles Sturt University. She was a teacher librarian in a past life and loves to share awareness of the benefits of reading for young adults. Krystal is particularly passionate about Australian Young Adult Literature and is proud to be on the board of LoveOzYA.

Content Team

Alice Boer-Endacott – Columnist

Under the name A B Endacott, Alice is the author of several YA fantasy books. Under the name Alice, she is a teacher and researcher; she is currently completing her PhD investigating how the books people read inform their sense of identity.

Alice behind our monthly industry-focused column, Ask Alice.

Twitter: @ajendacott
Instagram: @alicejaneboere

Stassi Austin

Stassi is a proud Ngemba woman, advocate, storyteller and passionate life-long reader, currently living on Wiradjuri Country. A homeschool graduate, Stassi is working towards the completion of a Bachelor of Information Studies (Librarianship) at Charles Sturt University and is passionate about improving access to literary and educational spaces for rural and regional people.

Instagram: @stassiaustin

Julia Faragher

Bio coming soon