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Katie Whyte is a visual artist and former optical vision therapist based in Toowoomba, Queensland. After studying both vision and art, she views painting as a means of making sense of the world. In her work, she explores how art acts in a similar way to vision, by influencing our understanding of space and identity so that meaning can be drawn from our experiences.

Photography: Morgan Journal

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David Searston is a Toowoomba based playwright. His writing credits include The Friendzone, Desire, Stay Strong Stay Beautiful, One Million Conversations, Charming Charlie and The Spectacular Sophia and Bananas. David has also presented his works to independent theatres in New York City and Philadelphia. Recently David was lucky enough to have a New York City theatre company picking up one of his plays. He has also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Modern History at the University of Southern Queensland. David loves to make people smile and laugh, he loves to create and tell stories and entertain people.

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Jess Staskiewicz considers herself a recovering psychologist. She’s a yogamama, spiritual seeker, and the founder and facilitator of Dorothy Way, a local business that invites women to go deeper, and connect with their true selves. She believes in the inherent power and unique purpose of every individual and is dedicated to enabling others to shine.

She is an independent mother to one human baby and one fur baby, a lover of the cycle and flow of nature, losing herself in a book, and deep conversations.

(Please note that Jess will be speaking about – among many other things – her time working in a war zone, including experiences of violence.)

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Mitch Richardson is a local filmmaker, known especially for his stunning work as a wedding videographer at Castle & Crown.

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Emily Moon has always known she wanted to own her own business one day, but was never clear on what that would look like. That was until her love for social media and marketing led her to open her own consultancy, ELM Media & Marketing, where she works with small businesses to help them navigate the world of social media and stay sharp on all things marketing.

She’s a country girl at heart having grown up on a farm in South-West QLD, but Toowoomba has been home for many years now and it’s that vibrant community here that stole her heart.

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