Board of Hunter Writers Centre
Megan Buxton - President
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 strong contribution to the cultural life of the Hunter region. Megan works as an editor and writer of crime fiction.
Lee Jones - Vice President
Lee has been a member of HWC since 2011. She has valued the support she has received as a writer from the writing groups and workshops. She works with homeless women and children at NOVA and is a project partner in HWC's plans for 2017 - writing and creative initiatives with the homelessness services and the homeless people of the Hunter.
Ardie Morris - Treasurer
Ardie has over 17 years experience in accounting and finance. He has held senior management positions in private business, public practice and state owned corporations. He is a strategic thinker with strong commercial application and enjoys building relationships to deliver great outcomes. Ardie has a strong desire to contribute to community groups, such as Hunter Writers Centre, to foster creativity especially among our next generation of writers – our kids. He moved to Newcastle with his family after they fell in love with the city, beaches and surroundings. A busy father, he enjoys any opportunity to go surfing to recharge and connect with the ocean.
Dael Allison - Secretary
Dael has a Masters Degree in Creative Arts from UTS and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Creative Writing, University of Newcastle. Her research focus on the literature of the Newcastle region and her creative product will be fiction. A HWC member for many years she is now more local, after moving from the Taree area to Fingal Bay. Her career has included working in earth-building and the visual arts, teaching in secondary schools and TAFE and, more recently, humanitarian work in Indonesia and Kiribati, central Pacific. She has won awards for poetry, essay and an unpublished novel, has three volumes of poetry published and works as an editor.
Christine Bramble Author of Sisters of the Valley, Royal Newcastle Hospital Graduate Nurses' Assoc 2011 and creator of "Great War Nurses from the Hunter" website archived to Pandora by National Library of Australia. Christine has been a teacher of History, a museum education officer and a cultural planner. Christine is retired and is pursuing her interest in Australian military nursing in the Great War. Christine has been granted access to the private archive of Matron Ida Greaves RRC, a nurse from Newcastle Hospital, and is currently working on a book about her war service.
Julie is an experienced leader of almost 30 years in operations and logistics, with strong project management and information technology skills. She has a Bachelor of Mathematics/Computer Science, and has also recently completed a Masters of Business Administration. During her career, she has worked for both private and public organisations, including presenting to and reporting to Boards. Julie’s objective in joining the Board of HWC is to use her work and personal experiences to assist its’ growth, as well as bringing previous experience in numerous school and community-based organisations. Whilst not a writer, Julie is an avid reader, and as a musician has a great interest in all forms of creative arts.
Michelle is a teacher with over thirty years of experience in the public and private sectors. She has worked in Australia and abroad in a variety of educational capacities. She comes with a combination of team leadership, mentoring experience and excellent interpersonal skills. Michelle enjoys her work as a volunteer with the Smith Family in the Hunter region and appreciates the integrity of every contact she has made. Michelle hopes to bring to her position with Hunter Writers Centre enthusiasm and a belief that every person’s words have beauty. Michelle is an avid reader and admirer of those who write.
Staff of Hunter Writers Centre
Karen Crofts - Director
Karen holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Newcastle. She facilitates the HWC prose group and offers 1:1 mentoring. She is passionate about connecting the Arts with important social issues of the Hunter: homelessness, disability, grief and loss. Karen co-founded the Grieve Writing Project and has ensured the Newcastle Poetry Prize and the Newcastle Short Story Award are strong, vibrant awards for literature across Australia. She manages a brilliant staff who bring journalism, education, writing and strategic planning into this dynamic, not-for-profit organisation. Become a member today
Cara Nightingale - Members' Co-ordinator
Cara has over 10 years’ experience working in marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing and management from the University of Newcastle. Cara is also an avid photographer. Let Cara know your literary achievements, announcements, send your writings to her or any questions about your membership.
Karen Eastwood - Project Officer
Karen is a qualified secondary school teacher of Drama and English. Karen's short play, Something About Bindis, won Best Production for the inaugural Newcastle Short and Sweet Festival in 2010 and went on to be performed in Sydney. It has recently been made into a short film and was screened at the Cause Film Festival. She has plays being performed in Newcastle’s Micro Theatre festival and works in anthologies including She and the 2015 Grieve anthology. Karen is currently completing the memoir of a Vietnam war veteran, Allen May, and teaches creative writing classes.
Morgan Bell - Social Media Manager
Morgan Bell is a Newcastle-based author and editor. Her works include the collection Sniggerless Boundulations and the anthology Sproutlings. She is a qualified technical writer, and a resident film and book reviewer at Salty Popcorn. Her story 'Midnight Daisy' was awarded a Story Commendation by the She: True Stories project. Her anti-travel story 'Don’t Pay The Ferryman' was shortlisted for the Hunter Writers Centre Travel Writing Prize. Her stories 'The Shift' and 'A Deer In The Shunting Yard' have appeared in the Novascapes anthologies.
Helen Blackney - Admin Assistant
Helen commenced as a volunteer with HWC but her gentle, caring personality and banking experience meant we were thrilled to employ her as soon as we could. Helen hosts our workshops, runs our bookshop, and conducts the myriad of administrative tasks we need for HWC to operate fully
Justine Potter - Strategic Advisor
Justine has over twenty years experience in the arts and cultural sector in Australia and abroad and has contributed to the business development and advocacy initiatives of institutions such as Tate in London and the Art Gallery of NSW. Most recently she has been instrumental in building the capacity of small to medium arts organisations in Newcastle such as Tantrum Theatre, Octapod and Hunter Writers Centre.
Christina Sullivan - Administration Officer
Christina is experienced in coordinating community services projects and managing staff and volunteers. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences, a Graduate Certificate in Social Change, an Advanced Diploma in Community Services Leadership, and is currently studying Business Administration. During her career she has worked as an advocate and case manager in not-for-profit service provision. Christina enjoys writing, music and making jewellery, and is interested in promoting the creative arts as an opportunity for expression and connection.
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