Steering committee (editorial advisers)

As well as an editorial committee of students, Trove also draws on the expertise of more experienced creative artists such as writers and performers as well as those who work in multimedia and IT including UWA staff.

Caine Chennatt
You will generally not find Caine and the status quo to co-exist in the same room. With a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations and Interactive Multimedia, he spends his time managing projects that explore the use of technology within the educational context. Stemming from a background in digital media development, his foci has since expanded to the symbiosis of art and business logic, project management and the not-for-profit sector. Passionate about higher-education reform, Caine also tutors at Edith Cowan University and lectures at various Adult Community Educations programs through TAFE.

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Steve Chinna

Steve is an Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia teaching theatre and performance studies and supervising honours and postgraduate projects in creative writing for the stage and screen.

He has directed about 30 university theatre productions, including devised, scripted, and self-written productions, including Encounters with the Alien (Dark Hearts), When Salome Met Hamlet: A Domestic/Tragedy (published by Australian Script Centre) and Corpses in the Cargo (Ghosts Re-visioned). He contributed material to and directed a production of Smith Street (Between Heaven and Hell) by John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan (published in the online poetry journal Mudlark and in Divinations: Four Plays by John Kinsella, edited by Stephen Chinna, Salt Publishing, 2003.)

Steve has recently completed a new play, The Hawk Flies Down.

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Van Ikin

Van is a Professor in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia, where he teaches Creative Writing and Australian Literature.

His stories have appeared in various books and magazines since 1968, and in 1992 he won the inaugural Chandler Award for Achievement in the Field of Australian Science Fiction. He is the editor of Australian Science Fiction (UQP, 1982 and Academy Chicago, 1985), Glass Reptile Breakout and Other Australian Speculative Stories (CSAL, 1990), and is co-editor (with Terry Dowling) of Mortal Fire: Best Australian SF (Coronet, 1993).

Van is also co-author (with Russell Blackford and Sean McMullen) of Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction (Greenwood Press, 1999). Further, he is editor/publisher of the journal Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature (1977- ), and since 1984 he has been a regular sf/fantasy reviewer for The Sydney Morning Herald, with over 120 published reviews.

Van was involved with the original print-form Trove in 1994 and coordinated the publication of four subsequent volumes of UWA student writing: Under the Table (1996), Lies, All Lies (1998), Ink on Paper (2000), and Suasion (2003).

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Rachael Hains-Wesson (founding member and editorial consultant)

Rachael has recently passed a PhD for examination at UWA and holds a Masters of Creative Writing and Theory from the University of Melbourne (2007). She is the founding member of the Odd Socks Theatre Company (1999), a highly successful theatre-in-education and community-based theatre company that has toured throughout Victoria’s regional and metropolitan primary schools.

Throughout her time as a performer, writer and director, Rachael has received various awards and commissions for her work such as a UWA Excellence in Teaching (for sessional tutors in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011), a UWA Posgraduate Convocation Travel Award (2009), a University of Tasmania Commission/s (2005 and 2010), a Blue Room Commission (2002), the Australian Youth Foundation Award (2002), a CANWA Award (2002), a Myer Foundation Award (2000), a Powerhouse Youth Theatre Commission (2000), Melbourne Fringe Festival Performing Artist Award (2000) and The Queen’s Trust for Young Australian’s Achiever Award (1999)

Rachael’s plays have toured nationally and are published with the Australian Script Centre. She is dedicated to and passionate about supporting up-and-coming and established creative arts students within a university context.

Rachael specialises in teaching and learning with technologies and is presently employed by The University of Ballarat in the Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP).

More information about Rachael can be found on Academia.

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Crystal Abidin

Crystal wishes wishful wishes. She grew up convinced that she could be an astronaut, a marine biologist, a lawyer, a songwriter, a film music composer, play professionally in a band, grow old playing percussion in an orchestra, see every part of the world, fight sexism, fight racism, ride a bicycle. In the real world, Crystal has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology and Gender Studies with first-class honours, and is currently roving through a PhD in Anthropology and Sociology looking at blog entrepreneurship and the commercialization of private life. By day, Crystal runs online journals, writes for the local newspaper and digital magazines, and is excessively passionate about gender and sexuality studies, digital communities, and inter-cultural relationships. By night, the compulsive blogger finds cataloguing endless monologues and documenting scenes in life inexplicably therapeutic. A member of several symphonic bands and wind orchestras, Crystal majors in percussion and aspires to write music for film some day in the future. The occasional nomad enjoys living out of a suitcase, and in her latest project photographs the traveling pingu with faces and places from all around the world. Crystal is honoured to be part of the steering committee, and plans to learn to ride a bicycle by the end of this year.

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Siobhan Hodge 

Siobhan Hodge is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Australia, studying Sappho's poetic legacy and translations. Siobhan recently published a volume of Sappho poems, Picking up the Pieces, and has had poetry published in Cordite, Page Seventeen, Peril, Cottonmouth, and dotdotdash. She divides her time between Australia and Hong Kong, nurturing an abiding interest in writing poetry and fiction, training horses and making jewellery. 

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Claire Shearwood (Project Officer)

Claire is currently completing her Honours dissertation at the University of Western Australia, with the hopes to continue her writing career. With her first novel published in 2010, Claire has been working on a second novel whilst finishing her degree. With a passion for writing and filmmaking, Claire is honoured to be a part of the steering committee for Trove, as she can help writers and artists publish their work.

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Danielle McGee (Project Officer)

Danielle has a Bachelor of Education (K-7) and a Bachelor of Arts (English and Cultural Studies) and taught in London for one year before returning to Perth. She is currently completing Honours in Creative Writing (having received a commendation in the Fellowship Of Australian Writers WA Hadow-Stuart Short Story Competition 2013 and second place in the Joe O'Sullivan Writers' Prize 2013). Her short story, Sunlight Flashed on Metal was published in the 2013 Australian Irish Heritage Association's quarterly publication, The Journal. After completing an editorial internship with Fremantle Press in 2013, Danielle now works for them as an educational consultant, writing teaching programs to accompany their children's and young adult fiction releases. She thoroughly enjoys this, and hopes to complete her own novel after graduating! She is thrilled to be an editor-in-chief with Trove this year.

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Former members

Trove would like to thank former steering committee members for their support.

  • Carol Ryles
  • Marco Ceuvas-Hewitt
  • Rachael Hains-Wesson