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The Lip Crew

Josephine Mandarano (Editor-in-Chief)

Josephine Mandarano is a twenty-something Melburnian who spends her nine-to-five knee-deep in the busy world of educational publishing. She reads (everything), writes (words, mostly), collects books (600-and-something at last count), and spends too much time inside her head (and on Instagram). A self-professed word nerd, her remarks about our glorious language were quoted in the 2009 Victorian Certificate of Education English Language Exam – strange, but true. Her friends might describe her as a ranting Feminist who can be found, most days, sitting atop her metaphorical soapbox.


lauren strickland

Lauren Strickland (Film Editor)

Lauren Strickland is a born-and-bred Canberran who recently did what all born-and-bred Canberrans do: leave. She now lives in Sydney, where she misses “proper” cold weather and hoards the results of her book-buying addiction. She has grand writing plans that all depend on securing the perfect pseudonym. Her proudest moment was the day she got up the courage to answer ‘I’m a writer’ when someone asked her what she did. Her second proudest moment was not hitting them when they followed up with, ‘But what will you do for a real job?’ She blogs at

Bridget Conway (Art, Theatre + Fashion Editor)

Bridget Conway is a poet, writer, editor, and critic currently residing in Sydney. She is a hippie at heart and has previously worked as a florist and horse-riding instructor and is now studying youth work full-time, whilst taking care of her two beloved cats. You can check out her daily musings on her blog.

sarah iulianoSarah Iuliano (Features Editor)

Sarah Iuliano is a journalism student at the University of Newcastle. Her belief in the power of communication and the necessity of feminism led her to Lip in April, 2013. She enjoys coining awful nicknames for friends, drinking vino, and having longwinded rants on the beach at sunset … sometimes all at once.

Kaylia Payne (News Editor)

Kaylia is a career student who is currently doing her MA in Professional Writing. She likes tea, dancing, summer and singing out of tune. She hates the cold, which is unfortunate because she lives in chilly Canberra. She is opinionated about all political and social issues (some would say a little too much) and will remain forever uncool due to her unhealthy obsession with both college rock and cats. A student/office assistant by day and a blogger by night, she dreams of one day having a job where she doesn’t need to wear shoes to work.

 Donna Lu

Donna Lu (Books Editor)

Donna Lu is a Brisbane-based writer and editor. She enjoys bad French, good books, and fresh highlighters. She tweets @donnadlu.

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