Bec Bridges is at the end of the Masters of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne, and works part-time in magazine publishing. Bec wants to show political issues and social injustices in unbiased and relatable terms to forge a better-informed society. She dreams of translating fiction from Brazilian authors one day, and wants to live as a feline for a day. She has been working at Right Now since October 2015.
Mihilini Fernando is currently working in criminal law. Prior to that, Mihilini worked as a Judge’s Associate at the Supreme Court and in environment and planning law at a commercial firm. She has also worked in a pro bono capacity at the Senior’s Rights Legal Clinic.
Kira Hartley is currently undergoing a Masters of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an honours degree in Art History. Kira is particularly interested in creating dialogue through the visual and performing arts, as well as the various histories of art practices around the world.
Creative writing editors
Claire Wilson Follow
Claire Wilson is a writer, poet and researcher. She has professional experience in the arts and resource development and has worked with international and non-profit organisations in Thailand, Singapore and Australia. She is a regular writer for Art Radar and Culture360 and has co-written the book Freelancing in the Creative Industries (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Sara is a New Zealand-born Iranian who lives in Melbourne. She has a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne and is a fiction editor at Right Now. As a reader, writer and editor, she is most interested in contemporary fiction, diverse representation in literature and the ways in which social justice issues can be explored in writing through quotidian encounters that elevate diverse experiences.
Charlotte Daraio is a writer from Melbourne. She is currently studying a Masters of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at the University of Melbourne and has an avid interest in film and television. She wants to live in a more switched-on society and always tries to better the ways that she contributes to the world. Her ultimate goal is to live off-grid somewhere deep in the country, with dozens of adopted pets.
Arts and culture editor
Kevin Bathman Follow
Kevin Bathman is a designer, storyteller, writer and social change advocate based in Sydney. He is interested in using creativity to address environmental, cultural and social justice issues, and believes that the arts is an untapped avenue for catalysing change. As the founder of social enterprise, Coalition of Mischief, Kevin has worked on numerous social justice projects with not-for-profit and arts organisations to help them communicate their message better. In 2013, he co-founded Carnival of the Bold, a movement of arts for social change and is currently a Board Member for Groundswell Arts NSW, an arts sector-driven organisation to advocate for cultural diversity within the arts and media in NSW.
Kelly Walker has a BA with a double major in Creative Writing & Professional Writing and Publishing from Curtin University. She is now a Melbourne based writer with both fiction and non-fiction pieces published on topics including environmentalism, LGBTQI rights and being a millennial. When she is not writing or editing for Right Now, she is playing roller derby and blogging about self-care in the sport at @selfcareinderby.
Anika is a Melbourne based lawyer and advocate with an interest in public law, corporate accountability, human rights and equal opportunity issues. She started writing for Right Now in 2016. She has previously worked with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Liberty Victoria, the International Commission of Jurists (Victoria) and the United Nations in Cambodia.
Surya Prabhu Matondkar
Surya is an international student getting a degree in writing and literature. She enjoys building word-towers and is interested in writings that shine a light on the ‘Other’ side of literature—voices and circumstances which haven’t been touched upon before. She is also one of those people that refuses to grow up and is passionate about children’s literature. She hopes to someday work in this field.
Sonia Nair Follow
Sonia Nair has been volunteering at Right Now since 2012 in various capacities, a highlight of which was programming a social-justice focused day at the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival called Protest and Persist. She is a writer and critic who has been published by The Wheeler Centre, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Time Out, Kill Your Darlings, Metro and the Australian Book Review, among others. Sonia currently serves on the board of literary journal Going Down Swinging, is a regular featured critic on the literary and cultural podcast Rereaders and blogs about how she never follows her food intolerances at www.whateverfloatsyourbloat.com.
Jay von der Lippe
Jay graduated from the University of Melbourne with a B.A. majoring in history and a Juris Doctor. He has a keen interest in history and in particular the impact history has on the creation and shaping of constitutions and rights. Jay represented the University of Melbourne at the Emory Global Health Case Competition as an advisor on human rights law in the context of epidemic response. His spare time is spent digging through archives and watching horror movies.
Katherine Matthew graduated from The University of Melbourne with the slightly incongruous combination of a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Law. In addition to volunteering for Right Now, she also works in communications. An avid reader, she loves writing and literature and has a strong interest in social justice. She is particularly passionate about the rights of asylum seekers, LGBTI rights and gender equality.
Right Now Inc (2005), Right Now Radio (2008).