Since 2011, Scissors Paper Pen has been making lit happen in the capital: coordinating creative events, supporting young writers and shining lights on emerging wordsmiths and their works of wonder. We’ve won state and national awards for programming, and the super-intelligent and talented young writers who have worked with us have been published nationally and accoladed in fierce and exciting abundance. Now it’s time for a change, as SPP grows into 2016 and the next five years.
In partnership with Noted Festival, Scissors Paper Pen are having a handover party, where we thank the original Scissors Paper Pen team – Rosanna Stevens, Duncan Felton, Adelaide Rief and Lucy Nelson – and welcome in a new team of young and ambitious Directors and Coordinators. There will be music, an open bar, speeches, readings and performances from old and new SPP favourites.
When: Thursday, March 17th, 7:30pm – 9pm
Where: The Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
For More Details: Visit the Noted Festival website.
And here, officially, is your incredible new team.
CARA FOSTER – co-Director
Cara Foster is the co-founder and former editor of Burley literary journal. She has also been an editor for Block Journal and The Cambridge Review of International Affairs, a general wordsmith for the Frocktober Canberra charity campaign, a marketing officer for Corinbank Festival and the publicity director for The Cambridge Globalist.
GABRIELA FALZON – co-Director
Gabriela Falzon is a poet, activist and performer. She is currently an arts student at ANU majoring in sociology and gender studies. Gabriela has performed in various plays with Canberra Youth Theatre and Street Theatre and has also played original music in Canberra cafes and bookshops for a number of years. Gabriela was recently featured on a track by Sydney artist Bronte that was included on a compilation album called ‘Say Yes to Love’. She has been a primary organiser for various political campaigns; fighting for Palestinian rights, refugee rights, gender equality, workers’ rights and student rights. Gabriela participates regularly in Canberra poetry slams and has performed poetry at Art Not Apart, on NBC radio, at the Canberra slam final and as a feature artist in Wollongong for National Young Writers Month. Demos Journal, The ANU Women’s Department, Feminartsy and The Canberra Times have accepted her work for publication. She has previously worked for NBC radio, running a segment on politics, society and the arts community as well as for MLA Yvette Berry as an adviser and speechwriter. She has been accused of thinking that the world is made of poems.
RACHAEL NIELSEN – Content co-Coordinator
Rachael Nielsen has a Bachelor of Writing from the University of Canberra and has had the good fortune to be able to attend a summer school program at Oxford University where she studied literature at an advanced level. Rachael has interned/volunteered at the M16 Artspace, the National Library (in the publications department) and at the ANU Press. She has written content for blogs, like Pepe’s Paperie and has recently taken to writing poetry. Rachael has also been on the radio where she spoke about being an emerging writer. Currently she is Assistant Editor for Grapple Publishing as well as penning nasty little predictions for Verity La as part of her work writing The Stars. When she isn’t pouring her latent bile into The Stars she is at CIT pondering library studies. Rachael often writes about feminist issues but is also fixated on short stories. Her work has been published by Curio, Woroni, Lip, Vegan ACT, the ACT Writers Centre, the ANU Women’s Department and Feminartsy.
RUTH SCOTT – Content co-Coordinator
Ruth Scott is a Canberra born writer and student, currently studying a Bachelor of Policy Studies with a major in Gender at ANU after completing a year of a Bachelor of Gender and Diversity at UC. She has previously also studied Mental Health and Sound Production at CIT. She wrote fairly regularly in a blog on her experiences with mental illness and feminism from 2013, and has contributed a number of non fiction pieces on topics such as mental illness, politics and sexuality to Lip Magazine beginning in 2014. More recently she has conducted interviews with local Canberra artists and written reviews of local Canberra shows, also for Lip Magazine. Her non writing achievements include helping to set up the Youth in ACTion Suicide Prevention Network in Canberra in 2013, and being active President of Rainbow UC, the University of Canberra’s queer society, in 2015. She is an active and enthusiastic audience member at a variety of local arts events, and can’t wait to connect and collaborate over the coming year as part of the SPP team.
JANE SISLEY – Events Coordinator
Jane currently has blue hair and works in a pre-school. She is currently collaborating on a comic book about a bunch of shape-changing hippy-warriors who fight (and some times unite) the forces of darkness; helping organise an experience at Art, Not Apart with her wonderful pre-school colleagues that explores a cyclical relationship between sound, music and art making; and trying to come up with a better storytelling project for her students than the book of fables they wrote last year (this last one will be the most difficult to pull off. It was called ‘How to Eat a Crocodile’, and it was brilliant). Jane recently took a series of quizzes on Facebook so that she has even more things that she can tell you about herself… Her aura colour is greenish; in the Harry Potter universe she’d marry Remus Lupin; if she were a Muppet she’d be a Snowth; based on her fingernail shape she’s “laid-back and a little bit quiet”; that she has, in fact, read “too much” poetry; her personality should be summed up by a hilarious GIF of Kanye West mid-sneeze; her home is “Not at all hipster” (an outrageous lie); that a quiz cannot guess how old she is by showing her pictures of adorable animals; she should hook up with a Canadian Prime Minister; and that she is “VERY” obsessed with tea. Jane has no idea how any of this new knowledge could actually benefit her, or others, but she is willing to find out.