Doctor Felicity Castagna

Doctor Felicity Castagna

Lecturer, Arts/Creative Writing,
Humanities (Arts)


Felicity Castagna is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. She publishes essays on home, suburbia, site-responsive art making and Australian literature and has a particular interest in collaborative and community- based art practice as well as the methodology of teaching creative practice. Her creative non-fiction and critical responses to literature and art are published both here and internationally on platforms such as The Sydney Review of Books, Electric Literature, LitHub, The Griffith Review and ABC radio and television.

She has published four novels for adults and young adults including her most recent book, Girls In Boys’ Cars (July, 2021, Pan Macmillan). Her previous novel, No More Boats (2017, Giramondo) was a finalist in the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Awards and is published internationally by Europa. She is also the author of the short story collection Small Indiscretions (2011, Transit Lounge) and the young adult novel The Incredible Here and Now (2014, Giramondo), which received The Prime Minister’s Award for Young Adult Literature as well as the IBBY Award and was a finalist in several other awards including the CBCA book of the year award. She has worked with artists in many different fields to produce collaborative and cross-artform collaborations for The Sydney Festival, The National Theatre of Parramatta, The Four Winds Festival, The Adelaide Festival, The Parramatta Laneways Festival and many other places as well as with The Finishing School Collective.

Castagna is a highly experienced teacher, speaker, writing mentor and teacher educator who has facilitated workshops everywhere from schools to community arts centres to correctional centres and has helped to establish, promote and run many writing and storytelling programs.

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • GradDipEd ( Mthds - Eng) University of New England
  • BA Hons (Aus Lit) University of Sydney


  • Australian literature
  • Creative Practice
  • Creative Writing

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Humanities (Arts)


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Chapters in Books

  • Castagna, F. (2021), 'Starting from place : an introduction to a different way of thinking', Reading Like An Australian Writer, NewSouth Publishing 9781742236704.

Journal Articles

  • Castagna, F. and French, H. (2021), 'Notes on suburbia', Sydney Review of Books, vol March 22, 2021 .
  • Castagna, F. (2020), 'Too many issues', Sydney Review of Books, vol June 11, 2020 .
  • Castagna, F. (2019), 'E una casa per la mia famiglia : a house for my family', Sydney Review of Books, vol September 30, 2019 .
  • Castagna, F. (2019), 'Hopefully the future Is dark', Sydney Review of Books, vol April 17, 2019 .
  • Castagna, F. (2016), 'We are here and we are significant', Sydney Review of Books, vol October 6, 2016 .


  • 2021, 'Skirts'
  • 2020, 'Encounter for Sydney Festival 2020'
  • 2019, 'Encounter South for the Four Winds Festival'

Other Publications

  • 2022, 'Domestic. Suburban. Mother', Published Work
  • 2022, 'The Loop', Published Work
  • 2021, 'Girls in Boys Cars', Published Work
  • 2019, 'No More Boats', Published Work
  • 2017, 'No More Boats', Published Work
  • 2017, 'The Incredible Here and Now: The Play', Published Work
  • 2013, 'The Incredible Here and Now', Published Work
  • 2011, 'Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia', Published Work

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