Staff and Management

Committee of Management

Chair - Dr Sarah Nicholson

Dr Sarah Nicholson is Chair of the South Coast Writers Centre, and the founder of the Neo Perennial Press. She is also director of Heroines, a festival of women writing about women. She is an academic who teaches in literature, philosophy, creative arts, gender and religious studies, and the author of ‘The Evolutionary Journey of Woman: From the Goddess to Integral Feminism,' and co-editor of ‘Integral Voices on Sex, Gender and Sexuality‘. She is a past director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, awardee of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust for Literature, and recipient of a Writer’s and Translator’s Centre of Rhodes fellowship. She was the 2017 Emerging Writer in Residence for the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers’ Centre.

Vice Chair - Aunty Barbara Nicholson

Aunty Barbara Nicholson is an Elder of the Wadi Wadi people of the Illawarra region. She is project leader of the Black Wallaby Writers and Chief Editor of Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre, (JCC). She is a poet, activist, recipient of numerous awards in Aboriginal Education, a published academic, university lecturer and has taught course work to inmate students at Goulburn Gaol and JCC. She holds a degree in English Literature (Newcastle) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (UOW).

Secretary -

Treasurer - Belinda Church

Judi Morison

Judi Morison moved to the Illawarra in 2000 after working as a librarian and running her own business for fourteen years. Since retiring from teaching at UOW last year, she’s been studying Creative Writing at UTS. Judi writes short fiction, poetry and essays, and has completed a novel set in her great-grandmother’s Gamilaroi country. She has been on the South Coast Writers Centre Committee of Management for six years and, as one of the Centre’s Black Wallaby writers, is involved with the Dreaming Inside project. She’s also co-facilitator of Keira Fiction Writers Group and a co-founder of Word Salad.

Isabella Luna

Isabella Luna is a queer writer and performing artist living on Dharawal Land in NSW, Australia. She holds a BCA (Hons) in Writing with Minors in French and Theatre at the University of Wollongong. A NSW State Poetry Slam Finalist and Coordinator of Enough Said Poetry Slam, Isabella’s work has been featured in: Cordite Poetry Review; Wollongong Art Gallery’s ‘Future Feminist Archive’; Wollongong Writer’s Festival; Newtown Festival; Canberra Slamboree; and once in Texas via Skype. Find her on Twitter: @bellalunapoet

Brigid Collaery

Brigid has spent most of her career in the performing arts and events space; starting off in stage management and administration and more recently working in event operations and account management. Brigid has been working at Sydney Opera House for the last 15 years and is currently Event Account Manager - Team Leader in the Production & Events portfolio. Brigid is thrilled to be joining the SCWC in her first Board position and is looking forward to using her knowledge and experience in arts management to support the endeavours of the SCWC. As well as being an Illawarra local, Brigid loves the south coast and can’t think of a better place to live!

Jill Ryan

Jill Ryan was born and raised in Aotearoa and has spent most of her adult life living and working in Australia. While employed as a Registered Nurse, she has been involved in clinical research, coordinating community education projects and working in the mental health sector.
A compulsive reader, she has recently started writing fiction and for the past three years has been a member of the Keira Fiction Writers Group.

Annette Loughlin-Smith

Annette Loughlin-Smith lives in Woonona on the South Coast of NSW and is a writer, poet, creative strategist, business coach, and reiki healer. She works with women to help them find and sing their Soul Song.

Image credit: Amani Lindsell, The Women's Pic

Richard Mohr

Dr Richard Mohr is a director of Social Research Policy & Planning, incorporated in 1991. Until 2011 he was Director of the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong and managing editor of Law Text Culture. Rick continues to write on legal and urban sociology and social justice issues, for academic journals, community initiatives, edited collections and international conferences.

Helena Fox

Helena Fox lives in Wollongong, where she writes, mentors young writers, and facilitates the Young Writers Program for the South Coast Writers Centre. She’s a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in the US. Helena's debut novel How It Feels to Float was published this year by Pan Macmillan in Australia and NZ, and by Dial/Penguin Random House in the US and Canada. Helena has travelled widely, living in Peru, Spain, the U.K, Samoa, and the US. Of all her adventures, Helena is proudest of the work she has done helping young people find and express their voice.


Director - Kirstin Bokor

Office Manager - Sandy Fussell

Indigenous Project Coordinator -

Media and Marketing - Adara Enthaler

Posted on June 12, 2019