Our writers


The School of Communication and Arts is home to some of Australia's most celebrated writers, such as award-winning authors Dr Venero Armanno, Assoc. Prof. Kim Wilkins,  and Dr Richard Newsome, poet Prof. Bronwyn Lea, and playwright Assoc. Prof. Stephen Carleton.  Dr Beck Wise provides expertise in professional, technical and academic writing; and Canadian author Dr Helen Marshall joins us as the Centre's deputy director. We also house internationally-reputed literary scholars and critics, such as Professors David Carter, Peter Holbrook and Gillian Whitlock.

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Writers from UQ

Many of Australia’s most awarded and respected writers are alumni of UQ literary studies: Thea Astley (four-time winner of the Miles Franklin Award); Rodney Hall (two-time winner of the Miles Franklin and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction); and David Malouf (winner of the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize). Kate Morton, whose four novels have collectively sold more than ten million copies to make her one of Australia’s biggest publishing exports, was also awarded Honours and Masters degrees in English Literature from UQ.

David Malouf

David Malouf

The Great World was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger, and Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. 


Author Kate Morton

Kate Morton

Kate is an international bestselling, award-winning Australian author has written six novelsand has sold more than 10 million books in 42 countries, making her one of Australia's "biggest publishing exports".

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Author Venero Armanno

Venero Armanno

Venero Armanno is an Australian novelist who is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication & Arts at the University of Queensland, where he received the 2004 award for excellence in teaching.  

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Author Kim Wilkins

Kim Wilkins

Kim is an Australian writer of popular fiction and author of more than 25 mass-market novels, including her debut horror novel, The Infernal, which won Aurealis Awards for both horror and fantasy.  

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Visitors to UQ

The School of Communication and Arts is home to some of Australia’s most celebrated writers, such as award-winning authors Dr Venero Armanno, AP Bronwyn Lea and Dr Kim Wilkins and playwright Dr Stephen Carleton; policy and publishing experts, such as Dr Stuart Glover and AP Ros Petelin; and internationally reputed literary scholars and critics, such as Professors David Carter, Peter Holbrook, and Gillian Whitlock

Our honoraries

UQ’s creative writing program has also launched the careers of a new generation of writers who have gone on to achieve literary acclaim with works written during their undergraduate and postgraduate studies: poets such as Jaya Savige, Sarah Holland-Batt, and Shastra Deo; and novelists such as Julienne vanLoon, Melissa Ashley, and Indigenous writer Graham Akhurst whose debut novel will be published by Hachette in 2019.

Our Post-Graduates


Author Kali NapierKali Napier

Worked in Bangladesh as an anthropologist on gender programs before working as an Aboriginal family history researcher for the Queensland government and as a Native Title anthropologist in the mid-west of Western Australia, the setting for The Secrets at Ocean's Edge. The novel was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, as was her first manuscript - also a finalist in the Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. Kali is currently an MPhil candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland.  






Graduate Belle LingBelle Ling, writing graduate

University of Queensland Creative Writing PhD student Belle Ling is joint winner of the Peter Porter poetry prize, Belle has previously won in 2017 a Merit Scholarship to undertake a 2-week program of advanced poetry masterclasses at the New York Summer Writer's Institute.



Our Alumni


Author James HalfordJames Halford, Brisbane writer

James' creative work and criticism have been widely published in Australia and abroad. He holds a literature degree and a creative doctorate from the University of Queensland, where he now teaches, and he has studied Spanish in Argentina, Mexico, and Spain. The recipient of a 2016 Copyright Agency/Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellowship, his research focuses on contemporary Australian and Latin American literature in transnational reading frameworks. 

Join a Salon of emerging writers when Kári Gíslason is in-conversation with James Halford discussing his memoir Requiem with Yellow Butterflies.




Author Amanda O’CallaghanAmanda O’Callaghan, an award-winning writer

Is a Brisbane-based author whose short stories and flash fiction have been published and won awards in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her work has been awarded and shortlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, Flash 500, Carmel Bird Award, Aeon Award, Bristol Short Story Prize and Fish Short Story Prize. A former advertising executive, Amanda holds English degrees from King’s College London, and a PhD from the University of Queensland. In 2016 she was a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship.  

Join Amanda O'Callaghan for the launch of her debut collection of stories, This Taste for Silence.