Dr Kathryn Heyman

Adjunct Professor

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary


Kathryn Heyman is a novelist, essayist and scriptwriter. Her fifth novel, Floodline, was published in September 2013. Her first novel, The Breaking, was shortlisted for the Stakis Award for the Scottish Writer of the Year and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Other awards include an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and nominations for the Edinburgh Fringe Critics’ Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. 

Raised in Australia, Heyman  spent many years living in the UK, where she began her publishing career after studying at Sheffield Hallam University, under the tutelage of the Caribbean poet E.A Markham. She has judged several literary awards, including serving as the senior judge for all panels of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for whom she delivered the keynote address on the eve of the Sydney Writers Festival in 2013. She is a member of the Folio Prize Academy.

Heyman has held several writing fellowships, including the Scottish Arts Council Writing Fellowship at the University of Glasgow, and a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellowship at Westminster College, Oxford. She taught creative writing for the University of Oxford and is now fiction program director for the Faber Academy in Australia.

Kathryn Heyman speaks at conferences and festivals internationally; previous events include the Cheltenham Writers Festival, Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Worlds Writing Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, British Council/Australian Embassy Readings in Singapore and most Australian festivals. She continues to mentor writers in the UK, under the auspices of Gold Dust, and is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program.


  • Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Technology Sydney
  • Diploma in Art, Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education
  • Master of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University


  • creative writing
  • literature


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Heyman K, 'Navigating the Dark Woods of Fiction', Creative Writing: Writers on Writing, Creative Writing Studies Imprint, Newmarket, UK 57-64 (2013)

Creative Work (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Heyman K, Storm and Grace (2017)
2013 Heyman K, Floodline (2013)
2013 Heyman K, A Tale of Two Fathers (2013)
2013 Heyman K, Lucky (2013)
2013 Heyman K, Wood for the Trees (2013)
2006 Heyman K, Captain Starlight's Apprentice (2006)
2003 Heyman K, The Accomplice (2003)
2002 Heyman K, Lowlands, Edinburgh, UK (2002)
2002 Heyman K, Looking for Sylvia (2002)
1999 Heyman K, Keep your Hands on the Wheel (1999)
1998 Heyman K, Sunflowers, London (1998)
1997 Heyman K, Chasing Stallions, London (1997)
1997 Heyman K, The Breaking (1997)
1995 Heyman K, Archetype and Shadow, Yorkshire, UK (1995)
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Dr Kathryn Heyman


Adjunct Professor
School of Humanities and Social Science
College of Human and Social Futures