Leading author joins UON as a Conjoint Professor

Wednesday, 20 July 2016


Award-winning author Kathryn Heyman has been appointed as a Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle.

Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn is the author of five novels, the lastest of which is Floodline, a vivid imagining of rescue, recovery and redemption.  The release of her sixth novel, Storm and Grace (Allen & Unwin), is eagerly anticipated for early 2017.

She has won numerous awards including an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and been nominated for the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Critics' Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier's Book Awards. She has also authored several radio plays for BBC Radio including adaptations of her own work.

She has taught Creative Writing for the University of Oxford, is the Fiction Program Director for Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin, directs the Australian Writers Mentoring Program and is a member of the Folio Prize Academy. Since Kathryn began teaching writing, 26 of her students have been published.

Kathryn has a strong personal connection with Newcastle.

“I went to secondary school in Adamstown, and spent my teen years swimming laps in the spectacular ocean baths,” she recalls.

“I've watched from afar as the writing program at the University of Newcastle has grown, and have applauded its many successes. I'm excited to be associated with this wonderful team of writers, to be connected to such an outstanding writing program and look forward to contributing to creative writing in the Hunter region.”

Dr Keri Glastonbury is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and one of the drivers of the program’s internationally acknowledged success.

“Kathryn Heyman’s appointment is an exciting boost for our Creative Writing program,” explains Keri.

“Kathryn not only brings to our program her extensive national and international network in the publishing industry but she has a vision for Creative Writing at University of Newcastle which will build on the distinctive strength of our regional location. She has generously offered to run a masterclass with our Higher Degree Research students on editing their manuscripts for publication later this year.”

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