Wenona Byrne is the director of Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts. She has worked in publishing for 11 years, the past 9 years as Rights Manager with Allen & Unwin. While at A&U, Wenona worked closely with Australian authors, pitching titles to international publishers in North America, UK, Europe and Asia. Wenona worked on a number of industry initiatives including the Visiting International Publishers Program. Before joining A&U, Wenona worked at Australian Literary Management.