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Lisa Dempster

Lisa Dempster is the Director and CEO of the Melbourne Writers Festival and the former Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival Director, where she founded both the Digital Writers’ Conference and EWFdigital, an innovative online programming stream. Lisa has pioneered online literary programming in Australia and in 2012 she curated Future Bookshop, a National Gallery of Victoria studio exhibition, which explored how Australians will be reading, writing and publishing in coming years. Lisa is a professional writer and editor with five book titles, including travel memoir Neon Pilgrim, and was formerly Publisher at indie outfit Vignette Press, where she created The Mook subcultural journal. courtesy Ventura Press