Our Staff

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

Lucy Hamilton

CEO

Lucy has over ten years of arts administration experience. She has held roles at Express Media and Regional Arts Victoria, as well as voluntary ro​les with Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. She lived in the UK for 7 years, where she studied medieval French literature and had a brief stint in the world of advertising while working as a stage manager and production manager across comedy clubs, fringe venues and festivals.

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.

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.

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.

Latifa Elmrini

Admin Officer (Program Team)
Latifa Elmrini is an emerging visual artist and writer. She has a passion for the arts and literature and believes in the power of culture and education to restore and reshape cultural memory. You can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee or strolling for hours through an art gallery. Latifa is currently completing a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at Melbourne University.

Sarah Hollingsworth

Marketing and Communications Manager
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Sarah worked for eight years in academic and trade publishing, holding various publicity and marketing roles at Melbourne University Publishing and Hardie Grant Publishing. Following her studies in Literature and Screen Studies at the University of Tasmania, she received a Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications from the University of Melbourne. She can be found in the Writers Victoria office on weekdays.

Flora Lun

Accountant

Flora is CPA qualified accountant. She has a skill for telling a story with numbers, which makes her an integral part of the team at Writers Victoria. Flora loves working with and around writers, and looks forward to improving her own writing skills – gaining confidence with writing styles related to her work as well as personally, and she hopes to one day share her unique views on the world via her writing. She is also an energetic body pumper who loves to go to the gym. Flora is in the Writers Victoria office on weekdays.

Diem Nguyen

Online Learning Administrator

Diem Nguyen holds a BA (Hons) in Gender Studies from the University of Melbourne where she wrote her thesis on rape culture and femininity in young adult literature. She has worked at the Centre for Youth Literature and was a Creative Producer at the Emerging Writers’ Festival. She is currently studying for a Master of Arts and Cultural Management.​

Jessica Obersby

Online Learning Administrator

Jessica is an emerging writer who believes in the power of stories to change people’s lives. Her work in progress is YA speculative fiction that has a protagonist with mental illness. Jessica is a graduate of the RMIT Professional Writing and Editing degree and in 2019 was a recipient of a Writers Victoria Write-ability Fellowship​. She is currently studying Environmental Science and rescued animals outnumber humans in her household 12 to one!

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-Director of Speculate: The Victorian Speculative Writers Festival, and she was formerly Co-Manager of the National Young Writers' Festival and 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.

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.