The Hunter Writers Centre Board
Glenn Stuart Beatty was raised in the Hunter Valley Region of NSW and studied at the University of Newcastle, Central Queensland University, Macquarie University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and holds degrees in Arts, Law and Cultural Studies. He has been writing poetry for many years and his first book of poetry, The Saxophone Injuries was published in 1991. His work has been published in a number of journals and appears in the anthologies Visions from the Valley and Brew and a number of annual Poetry at the Pub collections. Glenn was the editor of the anthologies The Wind Over Moon Marked Skies and Listening to What the Land has to Say. He has been a member of Poetry at the Pub since its inception in 1988 and has served as Secretary and President. He has had a number of plays performed over the years by Mission Theatre, Freewheels and the University of Newcastle. His first novel, A Long the River Run was published in 2022 by Soap and Candle Press. Glenn was previously the President of Hunter Writers Centre for a number of years in the early 2000s and is excited to be back on board.
Rosmairi Dawson has extensive prior experience on boards and committees and is joining Hunter Writers Centre’s board to share that expertise and provide support to the centre in systems, governance and funding attraction. Rosmairi considers herself more a patron of the arts and is not a writer as such. She hopes to contribute her diverse business experience to the running of the centre in collaboration with the Director and the rest of the board. Rosmairi’s experience includes organisation establishment, board membership and chair positions, business management, event coordination, grant writing, financial management, governance and many years of working voluntarily in her community. Rosmairi’s work and board history can be viewed via her linkedIn profile.
Lee Galloway is a lawyer with human rights and family law specialisations. In her professional life of over 30 years in Canberra, she has worked as a Legal Aid Counsel, legal and policy adviser in the Federal Attorney-General’s Department working on a range of legislative reforms (human rights, disability access to premises, de facto property, bankruptcy and workplace relations), as a legislative drafter, lecturer (ANU and ACU), and administrative decision-maker. For the last 10 years, she has been living and working in Maitland, running her own family law specialist practice, edging towards retirement. In recent years, she has been making space and time in her life for more creative expansion and immersion in music, theatre and writing. She loves the Hunter region and its thriving creative communities, and looks forward to assisting the great work of the Hunter Writers Centre.
Liz Belanjee Cameron
Professor Liz Belanjee Cameron, has deep connections within the Dharug Nation and is a practising Visual Artist, Designer, Researcher, Lecturer and Writer. In utilising traditional Aboriginal visual knowledges, Belanjee explores creativity within making from a contemporary standpoint whilst acknowledging past traditional practices. Her works are imbued with an immense knowledge of Country (land and sea) rendered with passion.
David-Jack holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Macquarie University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing from the University of Southern Queensland. He was awarded a mentorship with the Australasian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) in 2022, undertaken with Paul Mannering. He specialises in LGBTQI+ fiction, horror/thriller, and dark fiction manuscripts. His most recent project is an historical romance.
David-Jack has published short stories in several horror anthologies across the UK, US and Canada, and has appeared in international podcasts/interviews. He is the author of the gay horror-comedy, The Haunting of Harry Peck, and his second title, Raven’s Creek is currently being optioned by several international publishers.
Michele is a passionate advocate for people with varying abilities having worked in the disability employment sector for the past five years. She has lived in the Hunter region for the past seventeen years, and volunteers as a community chaplain in Maitland. She has been a textile fibre artist for thirty years, a Toastmaster and public speaker for seventeen years. As a writer her interests lie in biography and memoir and believes everyone has a story that should be told. Her buzz words are opportunity, inclusion and community.
Christine has been a member of Hunter Writers Centre since 2015 and served for two years on the HWC Board. Christine brings to the board an understanding of government process in the area of culture and community. She has been an English and History teacher, museum educator, and cultural planner for local government.
She is a historian and writer of mainly non-fiction, having written two books on the Great War.
The Hunter Writers Centre Staff
Nat is an editor and a writer of children’s fiction. She holds a degree in Communication studies and a postgraduate diploma in Education from the University of Newcastle. She is currently working on a middle grade novel.
Exhibitions Manager, Lighthouse Arts
Gina is a printmaker with extensive experience in exhibiting her own and other artists’ works. She is member of Newcastle Printmakers Workshop and we are thrilled to have her expertise to present our exhibitions at Lighthouse Arts on Nobbys-Whibayganba headland.
Membership, Publishing and Media
Keighley is our membership coordinator, our social media manager, and prepares our publications. Keighley has a Masters in Creative Industries from the University of Newcastle specialising in Writing, Publishing, and Marketing.
Administration and Retail
Jasmine is a current student at the University of Newcastle, studying a Bachelor of Arts in History and English. She completed an internship at Lighthouse Arts in 2021 and is now employed by us.
She hopes to undertake further study in history and pursue a career in research or conservation.
Jacqueline is our Bookkeeper. She has 30+ years experience working with Not-for-Profit organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration.