NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.
Jessica Alice is a writer and artistic director/CEO from Melbourne’s west, living on Kaurna Country (Adelaide). Jessica is the Director of Writers SA, the peak organisation for writing and literature in South Australia, and Chair of the Arts Industry Council SA, the state’s independent, sector wide representative arts body.
She was formerly Program Manager of Melbourne Writers Festival, Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival in Newcastle, and Regional Arts Victoria’s Marketing & Publicity Manager. Jessica was previously Deputy Chair of the Melbourne International Arts Festival Shadow Board, and a Board Member of SYN Media.
In 2018, Jessica was selected to take part in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program, through which she undertook a secondment at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. In 2020, she travelled to India with the Australia Council on the India Literature Exploratory and appeared alongside international festival directors at the Jaipur BookMark Festival as part of the Jaipur Literature Festival.