Staff

Miles Merrill - Creative Director   Originally from Chicago (birthplace of slams), Miles is a writer, performer, facilitator and event coordinator who combines poetry with theatre, experimental audio, hip-hop beats, stand-up and, occasionally, political confrontation. Miles introduced poetry slams to Australia, co-wrote and co-directed Slamming for the Sydney Festival and performed with UK DJ Billy Bizniz at the Sydney Opera House. Internationally, Merrill has performed in Krakow's Audio Art Festival, and writers festivals in Bali, Beijing, Vancouver and Calgary. He's the ideas and meetings person.

Miles Merrill - Creative Director

Originally from Chicago (birthplace of slams), Miles is a writer, performer, facilitator and event coordinator who combines poetry with theatre, experimental audio, hip-hop beats, stand-up and, occasionally, political confrontation. Miles introduced poetry slams to Australia, co-wrote and co-directed Slamming for the Sydney Festival and performed with UK DJ Billy Bizniz at the Sydney Opera House. Internationally, Merrill has performed in Krakow's Audio Art Festival, and writers festivals in Bali, Beijing, Vancouver and Calgary. He's the ideas and meetings person.

Emily Scott - Arts Administrator   Emily Scott is a writer and arts enthusiast from Albury, NSW. After graduating from University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, she discovered her passion for art through volunteering at Murray Art Museum Albury. Emily is the organisational admin whizz behind the Word Travels operation.

Emily Scott - Arts Administrator

Emily Scott is a writer and arts enthusiast from Albury, NSW. After graduating from University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies, she discovered her passion for art through volunteering at Murray Art Museum Albury. Emily is the organisational admin whizz behind the Word Travels operation.

Bec Fortune - Operations Manager     Bec is an Arts Manager dedicated to delivering artistic visions with integrity, purity, love and respect.  Bec joins the Word Travels team with a background in festivals and large outdoor art productions. Bec’s experience spans production, marketing and project administration roles at Perth, Darwin and Sydney Festivals, Opera Australia, The 21st Biennale of Sydney and The Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Bec Fortune - Operations Manager

Bec is an Arts Manager dedicated to delivering artistic visions with integrity, purity, love and respect.

Bec joins the Word Travels team with a background in festivals and large outdoor art productions. Bec’s experience spans production, marketing and project administration roles at Perth, Darwin and Sydney Festivals, Opera Australia, The 21st Biennale of Sydney and The Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Elliot Cameron - Program & Education Officer   Elliot is a poet and educator from Western Sydney, a NSW Poetry Slam finalist and two-time Bankstown Grand Slam finalist. Elliot studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong, and began performing his poetry in 2013. Elliot is a co-organiser of  Enough Said Poetry Slam  in Wollongong, and founded  Narellan Poetry Slam  in 2018.

Elliot Cameron - Program & Education Officer

Elliot is a poet and educator from Western Sydney, a NSW Poetry Slam finalist and two-time Bankstown Grand Slam finalist. Elliot studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong, and began performing his poetry in 2013. Elliot is a co-organiser of Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong, and founded Narellan Poetry Slam in 2018.