Bookclub Facilitators

Vicky Tosh facilitates Riverbend Readers bookclubs. Vicky has also been events manager at Riverbend since 2015. Having lived in England and Canada for 16 years, where she worked in various fields (including optics and antiques), she returned to Australia and was thrilled to start working with her favourite things : books and readers.


Britt Knudsen facilitates Riverbend Readers and Knits and Novels bookclubs for Riverbend. She hails originally from Denmark and wears many mantles. These include a classical education, specialising in the arts and philosophy; she is multilingual and an accomplished textile artist. 


Pauline Mcleod facilitates the Teacher Librarian bookclubs. She is Riverbend’s Children's and Young Adult Specialist. In 2015 she was awarded the ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship for Children's Bookselling. A Teacher-Librarian and former English and History teacher, Pauline worked for over a decade as a coordinator of The University of Queensland Library's outreach program UQL Cyberschool. She has a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and has a special interest in Young Adult fiction.


Laura Sweeney facilitates various Riverbend bookclubs. Laura Sweeney facilitates various Riverbend bookclubs. She spent many years as a criminal lawyer before landing her ‘dream job’ at Riverbend.  She has been a voracious reader for more than 50 years and her literary interests span all genres including history, politics and all types of fiction. She is fascinated by people and their stories and the power those stories have to help us understand ourselves and others and to make sense of the world.  When she is not reading or talking about books you will find her in her garden. 

Jane Sullivan facilitates the Whipper Snappers and Bright Young Things bookclubs. She is a self-confessed bibliophile who has taught English in secondary schools since 2003. She plans to return to teaching when her four young sons are a little older. In her spare time, she has worked at the University of Queensland teaching Academic English as part of a Tertiary Preparation Program.

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All of our bookclubs programming is administrated by the wonderful Chloe Townson. You can contact Chloe here: