To date the SA Writers Centre has bestowed three honorary Life Memberships. These memberships are created for South Australian writers of note, who have been long-term members and who have given their support to the Centre, to other writers and have shared and promoted a love of literature.
In 2004, Max Fatchen became our first Life Member. Max has been involved with the Centre since its inception and has been enormously supportive over the years. In 2010 Max turned 90 and in appreciation of his services to journalism and to writing in the State was lauded in a reception at the Adelaide Town Hall.
Gillian Rubinstein, who also publishes under the pseudonym Lian Hearn, was given this honour in 2008 and later presented with a commemorative plaque. Gillian has been involved with the Centre for over twenty years and has generously given a total of $10,000 to the Centre in two separate donations, which enabled the Centre to enhance and expand many of our services.
New York Times best-selling author Sean Williams became our third Life Member in 2011. Sean has been involved with the Centre for many years, both as a Board member and a supporter, and has encouraged countless numbers of South Australian writers to get out there and make a go of it.
'We have many gifted writers in this state; we have many eager readers. The fabric of our society has been illuminated by them. We have many award winners and even a Nobel prizewinner living here. And there's room for more: what we do have are people who take satisfaction and joy from what they write, and the help they get from each other and the SA Writers Centre. Keep writing, I say.' – Max Fatchen
'For as long as I can remember I have been a story teller, making up stories to entertain or console myself. I've always loved reading and wanted to write books that would enthrall the reader in the same way I have been enthralled.' – Gillian Rubinstein (Lian Hearn) Interview at SF Site
'As imprints close, publicity budgets shrink, agencies become crowded and review column inches shrink, the SA Writers Centre will be there to help raise awareness of you and your work.'