We are the Brisbane Writers Festival Team.
Lovely to meet you.


Zoe Pollock

Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director

Zoe is an arts and cultural leader with over 10 years experience in strategic organisational development and audience engagement. As a senior manager and sector leader, Zoe has a strong track record in development and fundraising, creative production and stakeholder engagement.

For six-and-a-half years years Zoe lead the History Council of NSW, where she was responsible for connecting diverse audiences with history and heritage through a broad range of programming including the annual History Week, public lectures, seminars and innovative immersive events. More recently, as Head of Development at Sydney Living Museums, Zoe built a network of engaged supporters and lead growth of external revenue through strategic corporate partnerships, philanthropy and membership. Passionate about creating positive change through collaboration and effective relationships, Zoe is looking forward to contributing to the work of the Queensland arts and cultural sector.

Amy Hyslop

Marketing Manager

Amy is a cultural advocate and practitioner who is passionate about connecting audiences with the rich and varied creative experiences Queensland has to offer. Prior to joining UPLIT, Amy worked in senior marketing and development roles with Musica Viva (QLD), Expressions Dance Company, Declassifed Music and The University of Queensland. Her areas of expertise include for-purpose marketing, audience development, fundraising, digital transformation and event management.

Contemporary dance, photography and music are all close to Amy’s heart, but her true loves are reading and writing. She believes in the power of stories to open up worlds of possibility and bring culturally diverse communities together and is thrilled to be able to bring her love of all things literary to her role with UPLIT.

Amy was a dance and theatre critic for Australian Stage for seven years and her one-woman show Where is Joy? was produced by Metro Arts. She is working on her first manuscript. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts (UQ) with a major in Art History and is completing her Masters in Marketing (RMIT).

Jacqueline Bawtree

Development Manager

Jacqueline is a passionate advocate for the creative industries with over ten-years’ experience, working on major events across the cultural and not-for-profit sector in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Brisbane raised, Jacqueline returned in 2012 after more than 10 years interstate and overseas, eager to play a part in the sustainable growth and profiling of Queensland's burgeoning cultural sector.

Her areas of expertise include partnership engagement, fundraising, event planning and operational delivery. Prior to joining UPLIT, Jacqueline worked with Brisbane Marketing on key city events including the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, Regional Flavours Food Festival and the city's Christmas program. An aspiring storyteller herself, Jacqueline was one of eight participants awarded a place in the 2018 Queensland Writer's Centre / Hachette Manuscript Development Program for her work in progress. She also holds a Bachelor of Photography, with a major in Photographic Art Practice, specialization in Photo Journalism from Griffith University’s, Queensland College of Art.

Ella Peile

Children & Young Adult Programs Coordinator

Ella has been working with young people for the past fourteen years, including six years as a teacher with Education Queensland. She has also worked with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and as an Education Resource Writer for Queensland Theatre Company. Ella enjoys all art forms and has produced work as a writer, director, performer, and artist. She holds degrees in Creative Industries and Education.

Rachel Fry

Adult Programs Coordinator

Rachel is a creative who began her career in Fashion Design, moved on to wandering the globe then headed home to work in business management, event management and small business ownership. Rachel co-owned Urban Grind cafe’s around town for over ten years which were havens for community engagement and great coffee. Her love of community and the written word flowed over into starting an Independent Bookstore Cherry Blossom in Paddington where she created and facilitated many community and writer’s events.

Rachel has spent the past couple of years writing for online publications on emotional wellbeing, is slowly working on her first manuscript and developing a series of illustrated children’s books. Rachel is passionate about sharing stories, writing, travel, cultural diversity, the arts, sustainability, music and contributing in any way that adds more beauty into our community.