Caroline Wood AM

Co-founder, Centre for Stories

2024 WA Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Caroline Wood AM has held a great many titles in her life. A co-founder, a board member, a publisher and a volunteer. But the uniting theme to Caroline’s achievements and job descriptions is one of community engagement.  

Raised with an appreciation for education, music, literature and a strong sense of community, Caroline went on to co-found Centre for Stories, Margaret River Press and the Australian Short Story Festival, promoting inclusion, diversity and social cohesion.  

Working previously with Amnesty Australia and currently with PEN Perth both as an activist and as a director, Caroline has acquired first-hand experience in the power of stories to engage and influence. 

Her efforts have improved understanding and empathy between different communities, fostered a sense of belonging and empowered marginalised voices.  

In 2023, Caroline was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to literature as a publisher and to the community.