For many years Portia was a stalwart of Sydney’s independent bookshop scene, with stints at Better Read Than Dead, UNSW Bookshop and Potts Point Bookshop. She then moved into programming at Writing NSW and arts management for Seizure Online. Over the years she has written a multitude of reviews and industry pieces for various publications.
In 2015 Portia decided to pursue her passion of regional arts development in the most direct way she could: moving to — and doing arts work in — a regional town. Based in the delightful town of Mudgee, she divides her time between the local wine bars, cafés and library.
Portia is now the General Manager of the Mudgee Readers' Festival and Communications Manager for Orana Arts, which means that she gets to indulge her love of literature and community arts development on a daily basis.
Portia also develops events for the local library, runs a youth book club and writing group, volunteers with the local theatre collective and runs seminars on digital engagement, arts organisation, flash fiction and publishing.
When she isn’t working on some manner of community arts project, Portia is generally drinking fine Mudgee wine or coffee with friends, bingeing on a book or show, or doting on her beloved and incredibly spoilt chickens.