Hunter Writers Centre

Hunter Writers Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated organisation
devoted to engaging, employing and educating aspiring and established writers in the Hunter region of New South Wales.

Our Board

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.

Dael Allison


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

Board member

Julie is an experienced leader in operations and logistics with strong project management and IT skills. She has a Bachelor of Mathematics/Computer Science, and a Masters of Business Administration. Julie is an avid reader and musician with a strong interest in all forms of creative arts.

Peter Howard

Peter Howard

Board member

Michelle Howland

Board member

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 also volunteers with the Smith Family and is an avid reader.

Juliette McCandlish

Board member

Juliette is a Work Health and Safety Manager with over 14 years experience. Juliette’s passion is for supporting people’s wellbeing and mental health through creative experience. Born and raised in Newcastle she has undertaken a number of volunteer roles over the years and aims to bring her experience in policy, leadership and people development to support the growth of the HWC.

Our Staff

Karen Crofts


Karen holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Newcastle. She facilitates writing courses and offers 1:1 mentoring. She is passionate about connecting the Arts with important social issues of the Hunter: homelessness, disability, grief and loss.

Cara Nightingale

Members' Co-ordinator and Project Officer

Cara comes from a marketing background. She holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing and management from the University of Newcastle. She is also an avid photographer. Send Cara any suggestions or questions about your membership.

Christine Bramble

History Festival Co-ordinator

Christine has been a teacher of History, a museum education officer and a cultural planner. Christine is our grants writer and History Festival Co-ordinator in partnership with Lake Macquarie Libraries.

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.

David Graham

Youth Projects Officer

David is a poet and performer. He has recently been published in 'Artemis' and 'The Line Newcastle' and in the '2016 Newcastle Short Story Award'. He has performed poetry in Canberra, Sydney, Maitland and is the founder of Word Hurl Anti-Slam a regular poetry event in Newcastle. He is a past co-director of the National Young Writers' Festival.

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'.

Our Constitution

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

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