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Dr Julia Prendergast


Portfolio: Prizes and Partnerships

Julia’s novel, The Earth Does Not Get Fat was published in 2018 (UWA Publishing: Australia). Her short stories feature in the current edition of Australian Short Stories. Other stories have been recognised and published: Lightship Anthology 2 (UK), Glimmer Train (US), TEXT (AU), Séan Ó Faoláin Competition (IE). Julia’s research is practice-led: exploring creative writing through theories from neuropsychoanalysis. Julia is a Senior Lecturer (Writing and Literature) and Academic Director, Pathways and Partnerships, at Swinburne University, Melbourne. She is Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing in Australasia.

Professor Craig Batty

Deputy Chair

Portfolio: Research

Craig Batty is Dean of Research (Creative) at the University of South Australia. He is the author, co-author and editor of 15 books, including Script Development: Critical Approaches, Creative Practices, International Perspectives (2020), The Doctoral Experience: Student
Stories from the Creative Arts and Humanities
(2019), Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches (2nd ed.) (2019) and Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry (2018). He has published book chapters and journals articles on the topics of screenwriting practice, screenwriting theory, creative practice research and doctoral supervision. In 2016 he won an AAUT Citation award for PhD supervision. Craig is also a screenwriter and script consultant, with experiences in short film, feature film, television and
online drama.

Distinguished Professor Jen Webb


Jen Webb is a Canberra-based poet, who arrived here via South Africa, New Zealand,Canada, and various parts of Australia. After an earlier career as an accountant, she shifted into the academy, and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice, and Dean of Graduate Research, at the University of Canberra. Jen researches the relationship between the field of creative production and the social, economic, political and ecological domains; and writes (mostly) prose poems. Recent publications include the scholarly volumes Researching Creative Writing (Frontinus, 2015) and Art and Human Rights: Contemporary Asian Contexts (with Caroline Turner; Manchester UP, 2016), and poetry volumes Watching the World (with Paul Hetherington; Blemish Books, 2015), Sentences from the Archive, and Moving Targets (Recent Work Press, 2016 & 2018) and, with Shé Hawke, Flight Mode (Recent Work Press, 2020). She is co-editor of the literary journal Meniscus, and research journal Axon: Creative Explorations.

Dr Deb Wain


Debra Wain holds in PhD Creative Writing. Her research interests include women, food and culture, which she investigates through the creation of short stories. She teaches tertiary creative writing. She lives, and writes, on acreage on Taungurung country being kept company by one human, five chooks, two dogs, many kangaroos and the occasional echidna or three.

Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall

Memberships Officer:

Portfolio: Memberships Liaison

Eileen Herbert-Goodall is a writer of non-fiction and short fiction. She is the author of a novella titled The Sherbrooke Brothers. Her second novella is due for release in 2021. Eileen teaches writing in Australia at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Swinburne University in Melbourne, and the Queensland Writers’ Centre. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts.

Dr Jessica Seymour

Website and Online Presence Coordinator

Portfolio: AAWP website / online presence coordinator

Dr Jessica Seymour is an Australian researcher and lecturer at Fukuoka University, Japan. Her research interests include children’s and young adult literature, Tolkien studies, popular culture, and literary adaptation. She has contributed chapters to several essay collections, which range in topic from fan studies, to online/transmedia writing, to TV series like Doctor Who and Supernatural, to ecocriticism in the works of JRR Tolkien.

Katrina Finlayson

Public Officer & Prizes and Partnerships Team

Katrina Finlayson is a creative writer and researcher, working mostly in creative nonfiction. She holds a doctorate in creative writing from Flinders University, and her PhD research used the psychoanalytical theory of the Uncanny as a launch point to explore ideas about the anxiety of being a stranger and how this relates to creative writing. Katrina’s personal and critical essays have been published in Meanjin, TEXT, and Axon. Her writing explores ideas about strangeness, place and displacement, home and travel, and the nature and significance of memory and identity.

Dr Sue Joseph

Portfolio: Postgraduate & ECR Representative

A journalist for more than forty years, working in Australia and the UK, Sue Joseph (PhD) began work as an academic at the University of Technology Sydney in 1997. As a Senior Lecturer, she taught journalism and creative writing, particularly creative non-fiction. Now as Associate Professor, she is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia and a doctoral supervisor at the University of Sydney and Central Queensland University. Currently a Special Issues Editor of TEXT and Joint Editor of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, Joseph has written four books and co-edited five more.

Dr Daniel Juckes

Prizes and Partnerships Team

Daniel Juckes is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UWA, Associate Editor at Westerly magazine, and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Curtin University. His creative and critical work has been published in journals such as Axon, Life Writing, M/C Journal, TEXT, and Westerly; his research investigates seamlessness in prose style and the potential of objects in stories about the past.