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

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.

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 - 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

Helen Blackney


Helen prepares our workshops, operates our bookshop and researches writerly articles for our members. Her background is in banking and customer service.

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