Our Staff

The Writers Victoria office and program are coordinated and managed by our dedicated staff team. 

Angela Savage


Angela always wanted to be a writer, but figured she needed to live an interesting life first in order to have something worth writing about. She spent most of the 1990s living and working on HIV projects in Southeast Asia, before returning to Australia, where she alternated between writing fiction and working in the community sector. Read more...

Angela is generally in the office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.

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Kate Cuthbert

Program Manager
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Kate Cuthbert is a recent escapee from trade publishing, where she worked for more than a decade, notably initiating the Escape Publishing imprint of Harlequin Australia, and serving as its Managing Editor for almost seven years. She is also an award-winning book reviewer and critic, and is currently pursuing a PhD examining rural settings in Australian popular fiction. She can be found in the Writers Victoria offices on every weekday but Wednesday. 

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Emma Cayley

Communications Manager
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Emma is a writer and communications specialist whose career began in bookselling – way back in a Britpop-heady London. Since those formative years, she has worked for some very excellent cultural organisations and publishing houses in Australia and the UK. She is currently studying the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and is intent on finishing the YA manuscript she’s (still) working on. Emma can be found in the Writers Victoria office or online on Monday to Thursday.

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Lyndel Caffrey

Write-ability Program Manager

Lyndel Caffrey is a writer, mentor and historian who has been obsessed with story and storytelling for about the last fifty years. She’s been involved with Write-ability in different ways since its inception and its focus on inclusivity and own voice has shaped her professional practice. Lyndel runs writing workshops for local libraries and loves a good oral history project.

Leah McIntosh

Digital Communications Officer

Leah is a writer and photographer from Melbourne. She can be found in the Writers Victoria office on Tuesdays. 

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Deanne Sheldon-Collins

Program Officer
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Deanne is a freelance writer and editor who worked for several years in bookselling. She is Co-Manager of the National Young Writers' Festival and former Reviews Editor of Aurealis magazine. Deanne has a Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing from the University of Queensland, which built on her undergraduate studies in Literature and Writing. She can be found in the Writers Victoria office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Jax Jacki Brown

Publishability Project Officer

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTI rights activist, writer and educator. She writes a lot of earnest pieces on social change and dabbles in spoken word where she explores the raunchy and ridiculous. Jax is passionate about the capacity of #ownvoices writing to promote pride, resilience and connection for people with disabilities. Jax is in the office Mondays.

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Frances Terrett

Membership and Program Officer

Frances has been writing since she was a child. She started off with pieces of paper, stacked and folded, then tied with string around the middle, for writing stories. Along the way she has taken some detours through IT project planning and retail buying (who wouldn’t love purchasing truckloads of Lego every week). So she loves a good spreadsheet as much as she loves a good story.

Frances is in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Emma Mackenzie

Membership Officer

Andy Jackson

Write-ability Project Officer

Andy Jackson has worked in call-centres, cafés and libraries, and as a creative writing tutor, but really, he’s a poet. His writing has been published in dozens of renowned and obscure literary journals, and he has featured at festivals and events in India, Ireland, the USA and across Australia, including in a poetry-puppetry performance collaboration 'Each Map of Scars'. His fifth collection of poems 'Human Looking' will hopefully be out in 2020. He works at the Writers Victoria office, usually on Mondays.