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Amy Matthews
Amy Matthews

Chair

Amy is an academic and novelist. She is the author of End of the Night Girl and Navigating the Kingdom of Night and has published short stories in collections including Best Australian Stories. She is the
winner of the 2010 Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award, and has been shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Dobbie Award and the Colin Roderick Award, and been longlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary
Award. She writes historical romance under the name Tess LeSue and was the winner of the 2009 Anna Campbell Award. She teaches Creative Writing at Flinders University.

Victoria Purman

Deputy Chair

Victoria Purman is a multi-published, award-nominated romance author with Harlequin Australia. She has been a Writer in Residence at the SA Writers Centre and is serving her first term on the board. She has been a Board member of Carclew Youth Arts for three years and was previously Chair of the Adelaide High School Governing Council for four years. Victoria has worked in and around the Adelaide media for nearly thirty years as an ABC television and radio journalist, a speechwriter to a Premier, political adviser, consultant editor, media adviser and private sector communications consultant. She has a BA (Journalism) from Uni SA.

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Patrick Allington

Treasurer

Patrick Allington is a writer, critic, editor, researcher and academic. His novel Figurehead (Black Inc.) was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2010. His short fiction, essays, columns and reviews have appeared widely. He is a lecturer in English & Creative Writing at Flinders University, and a board member of the SA Writers’ Centre and of Australian Book Review.

Susan Errington

Board Member

Susan Errington has a Bachelor of Laws, a PhD in Creative Writing and is a founding board member of the South Australian literary magazine Wet Ink. A published novelist, she has been a co-editor of a short story collection and awarded and shortlisted for several literary prizes. Currently, she is employed by the SA Legal Services Commission and her skills and experience will be of benefit to the SA Writers Centre in what are particularly difficult times for arts organisations. She will seek to increase membership, especially of younger writers, lift the Centre’s public profile, explore new avenues for funding and partnerships and identify new technological opportunities.

Devita Pathi

Board Member

Devita Pathi has a background is in intellectual property (IP) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has authored over 20 articles on various topics in IP. In 2009 she won the IP Society of Australia and New Zealand’s essay competition for her paper on copyright laws in the fashion industry in the trans-tasman jurisdiction. She loves reading, has tried her hand at fiction writing (mainly short stories) and is passionate about fostering initiatives to encourage children to read and making books more readily available to disadvantaged groups.

David Sefton

Board Member

David Sefton has spent his entire career in the arts in the UK, US and Australia.

From early days as a music journalist and independent publisher in his home town of Liverpool, he moved to London in 1991, working at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.

In 1993 he founded the Meltdown Festival, the first music festival to embrace the concept of musicians as ‘Artistic Directors’. Directors included Elvis Costello, Laurie Anderson, Nick Cave, John Peel and Scott Walker.

Meltdown continues to be one of the signature events on the South Bank to this day.

In this period Sefton also managed a team of curator/producers, overseeing an extensive public and visual arts programme, supervising exhibitions by the likes of Yoko Ono, Sebastio Salgado and Angela de la Cruz and public art events by artists including Just Merit and Alain Platel and ‘The Great Outdoors’, the extensive annual summer events programme on Jubilee Gardens and the South Bank terraces and surroundings.

In 2000 Sefton moved to Los Angeles to take the role of Executive & Artistic Director of the Performing Arts programme at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Re-named UCLA Live, Sefton managed one of the largest public arts programmes on the West Coast, with an annual programming budget of $6Million (85% of which was self-generated from fundraising and ticket sales). Sefton managed 37 full time staff and the 2000 seat Royce Hall as well as programming the year-round arts series.

In 2011, Sefton accepted the role of Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival, 2013-2016.

Amongst the highlights of his time in Adelaide, Sefton produced the largest exhibitions seen in Australia by both Laurie Anderson and Bill Viola. His time in Adelaide also saw a radical shift in the music programme as well as a substantial commitment to work made in South Australia alongside major international co-productions from the likes of Romeo Castelluci, Matthew Barney and John Zorn. He produced the Unsound Festival which featured Australian premieres from Demdike Stare, Lustmord, Morton Subotnick, Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never, Dean Blunt, Ben Frost’s Solaris and commissioned Double Vision from Atom ™ and Robin Fox and the live music edit of Jed Kurzel’s score for Snowtown; he also initiated ‘Monumental’ as a live project between Godspeed! You Black Emperor and The Holy Body Tattoo; his programme also included (amongst others) Tony Oursler, John Waters, Sunn 0))), MAGMA, Isabella Rossellini, The Pop Group; Vampillia, Danny Elfman, Van Dyke Parks, Severed Heads, Robert Lepage and Nick Cave.

He was also responsible for programming the large free public outdoor opening festival events (20-22,00 people); the multi-artist curated outdoor video art event ‘Blinc’ and in his final festival presented Groupe F in The Adelaide Oval which, with 27,000 paying customers, was the largest ticketed event in the history of the Adelaide Festival.

In 2010 he was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government for outstanding contribution to the international performing arts. He is also the recipient of two Time Out (London) awards, including the ‘Award for Services to Music in London’; and the LA Weekly Outstanding Contribution to Music award.

He has worked as an Executive Producer for Universal Music and as a consultant to the Walt Disney Organisation.

He has spoken and lectured extensively on innovation in the performing arts in further education and international arts institutions in the UK, Europe, USA, Russia and Australia and appeared on panels at arts conferences around the world.

His previous board service includes terms on Arts Council of England Music Panel; the Literature Panel of Greater London Arts; the Large Grants Panel for Los Angeles County and the International Society of the Performing Arts in New York.

He is a long-standing voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Fiona Smith

Board Member

Fiona Smith is an avid reader and with great admiration for the authors that keep her supplied with endless stories, Fiona enjoys working within a creative environment. She balances this creative element with sound business, administration and financial knowledge and experience. She has worked across a variety of industries, including advertising, arts events, financial services and business consulting. She also has experience in the not-for-profit sector as Project Manager and then a Director of the Board of the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia).

Alexis West

Board Member

Alexis West has worked as a dancer, choreographer, performer, writer, poet, theatre and filmmaker over the past 20 years. As a Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka, Kanak and Caucasian woman, Alexis is passionate about First Nation people’s voices as well as the stories of people with disability and people from diverse backgrounds. She has worked as an artistic director, writer and facilitator for organisations including the Karrikarrinya Theatre Collective, Kurruru Youth Arts, SA Writers Centre, Spirit Festival, Our Mob, Art Gallery SA, and Adelaide Fringe. Alexis has devised and directed new works for No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability since 2008, and worked as AD, co-writer and performer for State Theatre Company SA, co-curator for Australian Theatre Forum 2017.

Sean Williams

Life Member

Gillian Rubinstein

Life Member

Max Fatchen (dec.)

Life Member