NBRF Team

The Northern Beaches Readers Festival Inc is a not-for-profit organisation, run by a voluntary executive committee, consisting of five extremely passionate readers.

Sandie Docker – NBRF President
An internationally published Sydney-based author of contemporary women’s fiction –
The Kookaburra Creek Café (2018), German edition - Das kleine Café der großen Träume, (2020); The Cottage At Rosella Cove (2019); and The Banksia Bay Beach Shack (2020) – Sandie has identified, through her book tours and strong connections with authors and publishing professionals, a need to promote and showcase the amazing work being produced by Australian commercial fiction writers and the desire for readers of such work to connect with writers. Sandie brings to the NBRF committee many years of community service, event organisation and industry contacts, which will help make the festival a success.  

Favourite Australian author: Josephine Moon

Rosemary Puddy - NBRF Vice President
Rosemary is the Presenter/Producer of
The Book Podcast, a weekly podcast talking to Australian women writers of fiction and non-fiction.  Inspired by the Stella Prize, the podcast also aims to celebrate Australian women writer's contribution to literature and bring more readers to books by women. In its third year the podcast has promoted over 150 books from all genres cultivating a wider audience for authors. A proud northern beaches resident, Rosemary's background in Information Technology and experience in audio production bring valuable technical skills to the team.

Favourite Australian author: Geraldine Brooks

Claudine Tinellis - NBRF Treasurer.
Claudine is a Sydney-based writer and the editor of Coastal Chef: Culinary Art of Seaweed & Algae in the 21st Century (Harbour Publishing House, 2014).  She is currently working on her debut novel and since 2018 has hosted and produced popular podcast
Talking Aussie Books where she interviews Australian authors about their novels. Through her podcast and memberships of Writing NSW, the Australian Society of Authors and Romance Writers of Australia, Claudine has established a wide-reaching network of readers and writers on the Australian publishing scene and understands the ever-increasing desire for Australian readers to connect with local authors. With a background in corporate law along with many years service on community organisations (such as Kidsafe NSW, P&F Committees and Community Fundraising initiatives), Claudine brings a unique set of skills which will help the NBRF Committee achieve its goals to the benefit of the Australian reading community.  

Favourite Australian author: Jane Harper

Cassie Hamer – NBRF Secretary

Cassie is a Sydney-based author of two works of contemporary women's fiction - the bestselling After the Party (2019), and The End of Cuthbert Close (2020). Through membership of Writing NSW, the Australian Society of Authors and the Romance Writers of Australia, she has established a wide network of writing colleagues and has innate understanding of the issues and challenges faced by them, and the challenges of cultivating and connecting with a reading audience, which is why she believes so passionately in the Northern Beaches Readers Festival. Cassie also has a background in journalism and PR and will use these skills to publicise the NBRF and ensure it attracts the audience it deserves.

Favourite Australian author – Liane Moriarty

Michelle Parsons - NBRF Committee Member
Michelle is a Sydney-based writer, currently working on her debut novel The Forgotten Family. She is the creator (under the pseudonym Shelley Gardner) of
 The Author Stalker blog, an interview series which avidly promotes predominantly Australian commercial fiction writers. A graduate of Fiona McIntosh’s writing Masterclass, she has a passion for networking with writers and readers, both online and via attending author events and festivals. The Northern Beaches Readers Festival will be the perfect forum to further strengthen the connection between the reading public and the authors whose books they devour. She is a member of Writing NSW. 

Favourite Australian author: Dianne Blacklock

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