Writers SA

Writers SA is the peak organisation for writing and literature in South Australia. We are a not-for-profit membership-based organisation that aims to foster, develop and promote writers and a national culture of writing.

Established in 1985, Writers SA was the first writers’ centre in Australia, and continues to act as a resource for writers of all ages and experiences, assisting both new and established writers on every aspect of writing craft and publishing. While we are a state-based organisation, we collaborate with interstate and international partners, and we are committed to advocating on behalf of all writers in Australia.

Kate Walsh Consulting

Kate Walsh can assist South Australian community museums, archives and historical societies and researchers in the following:

  • Historical interpretation of sites and collections
  • Exhibitions development (interpretive framework and ideas, not graphic design or construction)
  • The development and writing of museum and collection management policies and procedures
  • Grant applications critical review of museum exhibitions and general museum management
  • Strategic planning
  • Significance assessments of collections
  • Writing and editing for exhibitions and publications

Historically Speaking

Historically Speaking is a creative and innovative historical consulting and writing business established in 1995 by Karen George.

Historically Speaking offers high quality research, oral history and writing services and is committed to making history engaging and accessible to everyone.

As a member of the Professional Historians’ Association, Karen maintains high ethical standards and professionalism.

Geoff Speirs

I mainly work with museums on significance assessments, reviews of their operations or exhibition development. With exhibition development I would normally work with a designer and at times with multimedia specialists. I also undertake research and script writing and would like to embark on commissioned histories.

I was the first museum’s extension officer in South Australia, initially working at the South Australian Museum and then at the History Trust of South Australia. For three decades I have roved the State advising and guiding the many voluntary committees establishing around 200 community museums.

I was also the Project Director for the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide for 3 years.

I am the author of ‘The History Shapers: South Australian History in 100 Objects‘, published by Axiom in 2016.

Bridget Jolley

I am a free-lance generalist historian. A former lecturer and tutor in western art and architectural history (Flinders University and University of Adelaide), and tutor in academic study skills for the Flinders Foundation Course, my social history research is catholic (Ug boots, agricultural settlement, beekeeping, explosives magazines and their work practices, for example).

From my work as a local government cultural development officer, I am able to develop community consultations, and facilitate/administer events and projects.

I am experienced in art and social history exhibition research, cataloguing, and mounting at a number of locations including:

  • The former Contemporary Art Society
  • Painting and paper-based exhibitions at Flinders University
  • Indigenous art and crafts at Salisbury
  • Maritime history at Penneshaw Museum
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Local history-in-photography at Prospect
  • Unley – assistance with several different object and image-based exhibitions, and curator of an architectural exhibition, 2012.

I have basic editing and graphic designing skills for posters and small publications, and copy editing experience for larger publications.

A list of my publications and other work can be accessed at the Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations Members’ work database and examples of my writing, at SA 175/Celebrating South Australia, Professional Historians (SA) web site.

Rachael Elliott

I have worked in cultural heritage organisations for over 20 years (including National Library of Australia, Te Papa, South Australian Museum, Samstag Museum) and managed a community museum and art gallery (Hahndorf Academy).

My expertise is in the areas of exhibition and event development, collection management strategies and policies, grant writing, communications and PR, sourcing funding and sponsorship. Through my work as Collections Manager at the National Trust of SA, I managed a large deaccessioning project and advised many National Trust branch museums on collection management issues.

I have experience in historical research and exhibition writing and a Post Grad Diploma in Art Curatorial studies.

Evocative Arts and Heritage

Evocative Arts and Heritage offers a variety of services to assist museums, art galleries and heritage sites in the creation of dynamic and engaging exhibitions, site interpretation and educational resources for visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

Moira Simpson is a freelance artist, educator, curator and writer based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Her services include:

  • Significance assessment to identify multiple meanings of objects, significance for different groups in society, and the hidden stories that reflect culturally-diverse historical perspectives.
  • Research, interviewing and oral history recording.
  • Advice on cultural diversity and access issues.
  • Advice on management of culturally sensitive objects and archival materials such as Indigenous Australian secret sacred or ceremonial objects and religious objects from various faiths.
  • The development of exhibitions and interpretation strategies that are engaging for visitors of all ages using various interpretive strategies including age-related design and texts; experiential learning; interactive (hands-on) activities; visual thinking strategies; and novel approaches to label-writing.
  • The design of educational strategies and writing of resources for educational groups to enhance learning and use of collections on and off-site.
  • Visitor evaluation to inform exhibition development, interpretation and marketing
  • Policy development to enhance visitation and develop links with other sites in the area / community.

History from the Heart

Annie Payne is a personal historian and life story writer.

Her business History from the Heart exists to help people turn their memories into unforgettable life stories.

My clients want more than a family tree with names and dates. They want to know the real stories of their grandparents and parents; why life changing decisions were taken and how the family survived the bad times as well as the good.  They do not want to have to do it in 20 or 30 years’ time when their children ask them about their grandparents’ lives and the family history.

I have been interviewing Australians about their life stories since 1988 and turning the manuscript into a beautiful, coloured bespoke book, lavishly illustrated with the narrator’s own photographs. These books become family heirlooms to pass on to future family generations.

Sweet Polka

Whether you’re an artist, arts organisation or non-profit, we work closely with you to understand, interpret and communicate your individual communications needs, visual style, values, and objectives.

We can assist with identity building across all media, from images to copywriting, to create and develop a distinctive look and tone that engages its intended audience.

Our expertise lies in content creation. We are skilled storytellers, gun copywriters and editors, gifted project managers, talented designers – and experienced collaborators.