• The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Catherine completed her PhD in creative writing at Monash University, looking at white Australian practices of writing landscape. Her research has been awarded the A.D. Hope Prize from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. She has been a committee member for the Australian Short Story Festival, a judge of the TAG Hungerford Prize, and a board member for writingWA and A Maze of Story. She has twice been awarded the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers. She was awarded a Varuna fellowship (2014) and shortlisted for the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Award. Her novel The Salt Madonna (Picador 2020) was shortlisted for the WA Premier's Book Awards. She lectures in creative writing and literature, and is editor of Westerly Magazine.

Roles and responsibilities

Editor, Westerly Magazine

Funding overview

~ Australia Council, Artistic Development Project Grant (2016)
~ Monash University Institute of Graduate Research, Postgraduate Publication Award (2014)

Current projects

I am currently working on creative practice and transnationalism in the writing of Randolph Stow.

Teaching overview

Reading Creatively, Writing Creatively (ENGL1501)
Creative Writing: Theory and Practice (ENGL2501)
Studies in Creative Writing (ENGL4103)


Contemporary Australian literature
Contemporary Australian creative practice
Creative practices of place-making
Australian Postcolonialism and Transnationalism

Research expertise keywords

  • Creative Writing
  • Australian Literature
  • Community And Australian Studies


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