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Dr Moya Costello
BA(Syd), DipEd(SydTC), GradDipMedia(VC), MA(Deakin), PhD(Adel)
Current Appointment: Lecturer in Creative Writing
Organisational Unit: School of Arts & Social Sciences - Lismore

Telephone: +61 2 6620 3146
Location: V2
Campus: Lismore


I arrived at SCU just before 2008ís first semester. I am a writer and have worked as an editor. Iíve taught semester-long writing subjects at the University of Canberra online and the University of Adelaide (subjects I wrote), and Flinders University. I have given single seminars at the universities of Western Sydney, South Australia, Adelaide. I have taught writing to TAFE and community groups.


Grants and Awards

- a recipient of Australia Council and Arts SA writing grants

- awarded a Varuna and the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship (Arts SA)

- a Writer-in-Residence at Monash University

- a guest at the Sydney, Melbourne, Yamba, Bellingen, Gold Coast Writers Festivals. Launched Small Ecstasies at an Adelaide Festival Writers Week. On the 1998-2000 Adelaide Writers Week committee and judged the Festival/Premierís award for nonfiction.

- judged several awards including the Bank SA short-story award and Friendly Street Poetry awards.

Creative Production

Books: short fiction: Kites in Jakarta; Small Ecstasies (Sea Cruise;UQP); novellas: The Office as a Boat; Harriet Chandler (Brandl & Schlesinger; Short Odds Publications). Many short creative prose pieces published in anthologies (including Trangressions (Penguin) and Picador New Writing and literary journals (including Meanjin). I have edited a number of anthologies. I write short creative and creative nonfiction prose (short fiction, prose poems, essays, catalogue essays, fictocriticism) and novellas.

Scholarly Production

My research interests (please see the link above for papers):

- Australian writer Murray Bail

- ecocriticism

- fabric and affect with Dr Denise Rall

- art writing (also with Dr Rob Garbutt)

- home (with SASS colleagues)

- food, specifically wine (also with Dr Steve Evans)

- creative-writing pedagogy

- intertextuality

- experimental writing

- subtropical regional Australian gothic (also with Tessa Chuddy and Dr Nell Cook)


I teach/have taught:

Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices, Writing Genre, Writing from the Edge, Food and Wine and Short Story Writing, Introduction to Editing and Publishing, Independent/Writing Project, Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing.


PhDs: Supervised/supervising 8 PhDs as principal (co-supervised 2 UniAdelaide, 1 SCU), in writing and visual art, scriptwriting, SF, storytelling and community transformation, noir/gothic, slavery, ecocriticism. Completed 4 as principal supervisor. Examined 5 PhDs (Universities of Canberra, New South Wales, Western Sydney, Victoria and Adelaide).

Honours: supervised/am supervising 6 theses in childrenís and experimental writing, digital technologies (relationships), film script (non-horror serial murder), short stories (loss), ecocriticism, David Foster Wallace. Examined several theses from Griffith University, the University of Adelaide, SCU etc.

Community Engagement

- Formerly on Arts and Culture Policy Advisory Group, Lismore City Council.

- Read/perform my work at various venues.

- Chair sessions at the Brisbane, Bellingen and Bryon Bay Writers Festivals.

- Wrote wine column, Northern Rivers Echo, 2009-2010. 2012- Village Journal.

- Member Lismore Regional Gallery (written one catalogue essay; organised two readings), Northern Rivers Writers Centre, the informal Lismore Station Hotel Wine Club.

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