School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Literature and Creative Writing

Discipline Lead | Anthony Uhlmann

Literature and Creative Writing are vibrant areas of teaching and research at Western Sydney University, involving both the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and the Writing and Society Research Centre (which houses the leading journal The Sydney Review of Books and multi-award-winning literary press Giramondo Publishing).

This discipline is driven by a strong academic team who have national and international reputations in literary scholarship and creative writing, with multiple funded research projects currently active. The area includes undergraduate majors in English and in Creative Writing. We also have a Master of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing which works alongside the Master of Research, and a highly successful Doctor of Creative Arts and PhD supervision track record with distinguished alumni who have won major awards as writers of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Our teaching research and engagement has been recognised in the Impact and Engagement assessment as achieving high impact and approaches to impact, and both English and Creative Writing have been ranked at or above world standard in each of the three Excellence in Research for Australia surveys.


Academics for this Discipline

  • Associate Professor Christopher Andrews
  • Dr Helen Basides, Associate Lecturer
  • Dr Christopher Conti, Lecturer
  • Dr Milissa Deitz, Senior Lecturer
  • Mr John Encarnacao, Lecturer
  • Dr Ben Etherington, Senior Research Lectureship
  • Associate Professor Susanne Gannon
  • Professor Anna Gibbs
  • Mr Roman Goik, Lecturer
  • Professor Ivor Indyk, Whitlam Chair
  • Professor Gail Jones
  • Dr Helen Koukoutsis, Associate Lecturer
  • Associate Professor Sheridan Linnell
  • Dr Catriona Menzies-Pike, Editor, Sydney Review of Books
  • Associate Professor Christopher Peterson
  • Dr Lorraine Sim, Senior Lecturer
  • Professor Anthony Uhlmann
  • Associate Professor Dimitrios Vardoulakis

Top 20 in Australia for English Language and Literature

Top 300 worldwide for English Language and Literature

Ranked in the top 20 in Australia and top 300 worldwide for English Language and Literature