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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

Staff

Jessica Alice

Director

Jessica comes to Writers SA with significant leadership and senior management experience, extensive networks, and a strong background in literature, publishing and the arts.

Jessica was previously Program Manager of Melbourne Writers Festival. She directed the National Young Writers Festival, and was part of the executive leadership team of Regional Arts Victoria. She is Deputy Chair of Melbourne Festival’s Shadow Board, a Board Member of SYN Media, and Chair of the Kat Muscat Fellowship.

Jessica is widely published as a writer, with works in publications as diverse as The Guardian Australia, VICE, Overland and Cordite Poetry Review. As a broadcaster, Jessica has presented and produced radio programs with 3CR Melbourne, Triple R and Radio Adelaide.

“I am thrilled to be joining Writers SA,” said Jessica. “It is an honour to continue Sarah Tooth’s impressive legacy and I am excited to begin work with the team. Writers SA’s members are the life force of the literary arts and, indeed, South Australia is home to some of Australia’s best-loved writers. It is a privilege to lead one of the state’s greatest creative organisations to support writers and promote literature’s place in Australia’s cultural landscape.”

Matthew Cropley

Program Coordinator

Matthew is a short story writer, playwright, interactive game writer, reviewer and fantasy author. His most recent short story, Seeking the Great Current, co-authored with #1 New York Times bestseller Sean Williams, was published in 2018 in Daily Science Fiction.

His other short fiction has been published in Dimension6 and Sword and Sorcery Magazine, and he has written and directed plays for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He also writes and reviews for the British Fantasy Award nominated Grimdark Magazine and bestfantasybooks.com. He has presented sold-out writing workshops at schools, libraries and for Writers SA. He has also recently received three Honourable Mentions in the international Writers of the Future Contest. 

Matthew is the Program Coordinator for Writers SA, programs various writers’ festivals, and is writing his third novel.

Lynda de Koning

General Manager

Lynda’s career in the arts has spanned nearly twenty years, fulfilling pivotal roles with organisations including Patch Theatre Company, the OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre and Riverland Youth Theatre, among others. She has extensive experience in company and operations management, and developing the systems and resources to deliver organisations’ artistic vision. Lynda brings significant networks and not-for-profit sector management experience to Writers SA.

Zachary Brandon-Smith

Program Assistant

Zachary is a casual writer of fantasy and speculative fiction, and an avid reader of genre fiction, historical non-fiction and classical literature. He passionately supports Writers SA to present workshops and give tailored services to members, and loves learning about his own writing in the process. In his spare time, Zachary writes content for interactive table-top games and devours audiobooks while painting miniatures for the same.