Hunter Writers Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated organisation
devoted to engaging, educating and employing writers of Australia
Adrienne Lindsay President
Adrienne studied art history and creative writing at McGill University and the University of Sydney, respectively. She is a published writer of academic essays and feature articles. She has worked as a Contributing Editor for a literary journal and her strong research and strategic planning skills have contributed to several of Australia’s largest philanthropic donations.
Julie Loveridge Treasurer
Julie is an experienced leader in operations and logistics with strong project management and IT skills. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science plus Masters of Business Administration. Julie is an avid reader and musician with a strong interest in all forms of creative arts.
Ruth Skilbeck Secretary
Ruth is a widely published arts writer and author of fiction novels, academic essays and journalism features. She is editor-in-chief of Arts Features International journal, publishing socially and culturally engaged works by writers, artists and photographers (Australia and internationally). She holds a PhD and MA in Writing from the University of Technology Sydney and a BA Hons in Philosophy from Birkbeck, University of London and has taught Writing and Journalism at the University of New South Wales.
Dael has a Masters Degree in Creative Arts from UTS and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle. Her research focus is on literature of the Newcastle region. Dael has three volumes of poetry published and works as an editor.
Megan taught secondary English for thirty years in the Hunter and worked as a tutor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. She values the Hunter Writers Centre's strong contribution to the cultural life of the Hunter region. Megan was president of HWC 2013-2018
John Dunn ___________________________ John holds a Bachelor of Communications and has worked in Federal Politics in media, events, speech writing, and as a political and communications advisor. He has also worked in public affairs, giving strategic advice on management and government relations in food and ag industries.
Paula is a farmer and a writer who lives and works on a cattle property west of Scone. She holds a BA Hons from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Letters from NE University. She has written for various magazines as a freelance journalist and writing for children. Her first Picture Book will be published soon. She is an avid reader and writes every day, inspired by the landscape and natural beauty of the Upper Hunter.
Karen Crofts Director
Karen holds a Masters degree in Writing from the University of Newcastle. She facilitates writing courses and offers 1:1 mentoring and structural editing. She delivers writing workshops in schools throughout the Hunter to primary and secondary students as a fully qualified English teacher with current accreditation. Karen is passionate about connecting the Arts with important social issues of the Hunter: homelessness, disability, grief and loss.
Keighley Bradford Admin Assistant
Keighley is a local writer and creative industries professional with a background in writing, publishing, content curation and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Writing and Publishing) from the University of Newcastle and is currently undertaking her Masters in Creative Industries (Marketing).
Christine Bramble Strategic Advsior
Christine has been a teacher of History, a museum education officer and a cultural planner. Christine advises HWC on policies, grants and cultural projects.
Jacqueline Williams Bookkeeper
Jacqueline is our Bookkeeper. She has 30+ years of experience including working with Not-for-Profits in Financial Controller and CEO roles. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration. She loves working with organisations in the community sector, particularly those that promote professional and personal growth. Jacqueline is also a Director & Consultant for Business Network International (BNI) in the Hunter Region – an International Referral Marketing and Networking membership-based organisation.
Helen Blackney Volunteer
Helen prepares our workshops, operates our bookshop and researches writerly articles for our members. Her background is in banking and customer service.