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Lisa Dempster


Lisa Dempster is Executive Manager of Public Participation at Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Lisa was previously Artistic Director/CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival. In 2017 she presented Jaipur Literature Festival Melbourne as part of AsiaTOPA. Prior to joining MWF, Lisa was Artistic Director/CEO of Emerging Writers’ Festival, and Founding Director of its innovative online programming arm, EWFdigital (now Digital Writers’ Festival). In 2012, Lisa undertook an Asialink residency with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali. She is a former Chair of Right Now Inc.    

Lisa has travelled widely in search of literary and other adventures. Neon Pilgrim is her first memoir. 

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