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Tricia Walton


Tricia Walton is Chief Executive of Carclew, a not-for-profit organisation which ignites the arts and kickstarts careers for young South Australians. Tricia’s career includes Director of Arts Programs at Country Arts SA and she was instrumental in establishing Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts. At the Community Arts Network of SA Tricia was training manager and editor of Artwork Magazine. She also jointly developed the Graduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development. Currently, Tricia chairs A>R>T (Arts Rich Together) a collective of artists, academics and education leaders interested in growing creative education for all SA children. She also sits on the state steering committee of ACLA (the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance). Tricia has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literary Studies from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma (Education and Training of Adults) from University of SA, is a fellow of the South Australian Governor’s Leadership Foundation (2004) and a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Currently she sits on the board of the Australian Dance Theatre. She has worked as an editor, literacy and numeracy tutor, arts consultant, trainer and facilitator.

SA Writers Centre board
Patrick Allington


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


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.

Fiona Smith


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).

Victoria Purman


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.

Amy Matthews
Amy Matthews


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.

Sean Williams

Life Member

Gillian Rubinstein

Life Member

Max Fatchen (dec.)

Life Member