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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

Board

Amanda Grocock

Chair

Amanda is a creative, versatile and energetic business professional, who specialises in marketing led business models and data driven decision making.  Her skill in strategic management and marketing has been honed over fifteen years in the commercial property, precinct management and local government sectors, with her most recent role as General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority proving her exceptional skills in precinct and stakeholder management, political savvy, strategic planning, and marketing and event management born out of customer insights.  Amanda is an active participant in the creative industries of South Australia and her passion for the City and State are unsurpassed.

Jane Howard

Deputy Chair

Jane Howard is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and deputy arts and culture editor at The Conversation.

Jane’s work has appeared in publications including the Kill Your Darlings, ABC, Meanjin, Crikey, and The Stage. She has written for the Guardian across Australia and in Asia; had writing commissioned in the UK, the USA, Canada, and the Czech Republic; and has been translated into multiple languages.

Theresa Williams

Treasurer

Theresa is a certified practicing accountant, with experience in financial accounting, auditing and
financial management. She runs her own freelance bookkeeping and accounting business, is a director and partner in two family businesses and Finance Manager/Officer with Brink Productions and Restless Dance Theatre.

She previously worked as the Finance Manager/Officer at Patch Theatre Company and provided support to the Australian Dance Theatre Incorporate. She has been working largely in the not-for-profit sector as an auditor and accountant since 2008 and presented on the Not-for-Profit Reforms at the Bentley’s National Conference in 2012.

Theresa has previously served on the Eastwood Community Centre board as treasurer. She has also
spent time in state and federal audit offices auditing a wide range of government organisations around Australia.

Her range of experience has provided her with a great insight into the challenges that are faced by Arts organisations, particularly with securing and managing funding and other incomes sources and gained significant understanding and experience in the financial aspects of the grant application and acquittal process.

Tracy Crisp

Board Member

Tracy Crisp is a writer and performer of novels, essays and monologues. She has established a funeral celebrancy and consultancy business, specialising in alternative funerals in Adelaide and South Australia. She has worked for a range of NGOs in Australia and overseas, and has substantial experience in campaigning and advocacy work in both paid and volunteer capacities. She has extensive experience on boards at a state and national level including Amnesty International Australia and the Disability Information & Resource Centre (DIRC).

Ben Stubbs

Board Member

Ben Stubbs a senior lecturer in writing and journalism at UniSA. Ben’s PhD explored the relationship between travel writing and history and the New Australia colony in Paraguay. He has published 3 non-fiction books– most recently The Crow Eaters (2019) with NewSouth. Ben has written features and essays for the New York Times, The Guardian, Toronto Star, Rough Guides, Meanjin, Griffith Review, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation.

Photo: Annette Willis
Jill Jones

Board Member

Jill Jones has published eleven books of poetry, most recently Viva the Real, Brink, Breaking the Days, and The Beautiful Anxiety. A multi-award winning poet, Jill has been interested in exploring place and the relationship between space and self. She recently edited an issue of Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics. She has also written a number of reviews, articles and essays, as well as short stories and micro-fiction.

Her work is represented in a number of anthologies and she has collaborated with artists on various multi-media projects. Her poems have been translated widely and she has been an invited participant in festivals and readings throughout Australia and internationally. With Scots-Australian poet Alison Flett, she publishes chapbooks through Little Windows Press.

Jill is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, at the University of Adelaide, where she teaches and researches in the Department of English and Creative Writing. In 2014 she was writer-in-residence at Stockholm University, and in 2018 was writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers Centre, Charles Sturt University. She has judged a number of literary awards and has been involved in grant assessment panels, and was an Industry Advisor for the Marten Bequest in 2018. For seven years she worked at the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and for the NSW Ministry for the Arts managing the NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards and was involved in establishing the NSW History Awards. She has been involved in co-ordinating other public programs and awards for the NSW State Library. She has also worked as journalist and theatre, music and film reviewer. For many years she worked in government agencies in NSW, in publications, publicity and policy development. She also worked as an editor at the legal publishing company CCH.

Photo: Annette Willis

Manal Younus

Board Member

Manal Younus is a freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance, Manal explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. The young artist also facilitates writing, performance, public speaking, youth empowerment and intercultural awareness workshops in schools, community groups and professional environments to encourage others to develop their own voices.

Since making the Australian Poetry Slam National Finals in 2013, Manal no longer competes in slams but has gone on to perform around the country and the world including at the Jaipur Literary Festival and Georgetown Literary festival. In 2015, she released her first book of poetry called ‘Reap’, and is founder and director of monthly Open Mic night Soul Lounge.

Manal frequently collaborates with Act Now Theatre to write and produce educational theatre pieces for schools, includeing the award winning play, Responding to Racism.

She has been featured on ABC’s QandA, presented at the Adelaide TEDx Conference in 2016, the National Multicultural Women’s Conference of 2016, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and Open State Festival, the Halogen Foundation’s Young Leaders Convention, The Council for International Schools Conference 2017 and James Cook University’s Young Language Ambassadors Conference of 2018 and much more.

Justyna Jochym

Board Member

Justyna Jochym is the CEO of Festivals Adelaide, a strategic umbrella organisation that exists to advance a sustainable, enterprising, and collaborative international festival city through the coalition and collective action of Adelaide’s leading cultural festivals. Prior to this role, she worked as the Head of International Cooperation and Development at the Krakow Festival Office (Poland), where she managed global partnerships and programs, among them the Krakow UNESCO Creative City designation. From 2014 – 2018, Justyna was the chair of the 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature and a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Steering Committee. She has been the coordinator of the Festival Cities Network (Adelaide, Edinburgh, Krakow, Montreal, and Singapore) since 2017. Justyna also serves on the board of The Mill, as well as an executive committee member of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia and the United Nations Association of Australia, SA Division.

Alan Atkinson

Board Member

Alan Atkinson, an Adelaide-based freelance writer and editor, is an award-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers both in Australia and in the UK, and in television and radio for the ABC.

He was nominated for a Walkey and named SA Journalist of the Year for his eye-witness account of the 2002 Bali bombings, titled “Three Weeks in Bali” (published by the ABC).

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. Susan was previously the Writers SA Board Treasurer.

Sean Williams

Life Member

Gillian Rubinstein

Life Member

Max Fatchen (dec.)

Life Member