Hunter Writers Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated organisation
devoted to engaging, educating and employing aspiring and established writers of Australia

Hunter Writers Centre Board

Adrienne Lindsay Board Member

Adrienne Lindsay


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.

Dael Allison

Dael Allison

Vice President

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.

Julie Loveridge

Julie Loveridge


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.

Megan Buxton, board member HWC

Megan Buxton

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

Board member vacancy

Are you interested in joining the HWC board? We meet bi-monthly for 2 hours on the 3rd Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, December. Email HWC to find out more.

Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes is a published author and has completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University. Her writing focuses on middle-grade fantasy and contemporary stories for children, picture books, and YA.
She is the Reading and Literacy Researcher for 'Books in Homes'. Armed with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, she conducts writing workshops for adults and children.

Our Staff

Karen Crofts

Karen Crofts


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.

Christine Bramble - staff member and blogger

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.

Helen Blackney and Sue Polson

Helen Blackney and Sue Polson


Helen (L) prepares our workshops, operates our bookshop and researches writerly articles for our members. Her background is in banking and customer service.
Sue (R) assists with administration at HWC. She holds an Associate Diploma of Business (Microcomputer Systems) with Distinction. She has worked in the banking and the TAFE system. Sue values the benefits that writing can bring and says writing is 'good for the soul'.

Holly Bruce staff member HWCHolly Bruce
Special Literary Projects

Holly is an award winning writer of short stories. She currently co-ordinates our Meet the Mob project.

Our Constitution

HWC has formally adopted the NSW Dept of Fair Trading Model Constitution

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Hunter Writers Centre adopts the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Protocols and the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy

Cultural Protocols
Arts and Cultural Strategy

Hunter Writers Centre Disability Action Plan

Disability Action Plan
Disbility Awareness poster