Prof Catherine Cole

Liverpool Screen School

Catherine Cole is Professor in Creative Writing in The Screen School. She has published 4 novels, (Dry Dock, Skin Deep (Harper Collins 1999 and Duffy and Snellgrove, 2002) and The Grave at Thu Le, Picador, 2006, Sleep, UWAP, 2019), two non-fiction books, (Private Dicks and Feisty Chicks: An Interrogation of Crime Fiction (Curtin University Press, 1996) and a memoir about her friendship with the late Australian poet, AD Hope, The Poet Who Forgot (UWA Press, 2008) She is the editor of the anthology, The Perfume River: Writing from Vietnam (UWA Press, 2010) and co-editor with McNeil and Karaminas of Fashion in Fiction: Text and Clothing in Literature, Film and Television, (Berg UK and USA, May 2009). Her poetry, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in Australia and internationally and produced by BBC Radio 4. Her collection of short stories - Sea Birds crying in the Harbour Dark - will be published in late 2017.
She has supervised to completion the Doctorates and MAs of more than 25 students including many of Australia’s leading and emerging writers.

Catherine has twice been a member of the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research Australia research evaluation committee (ERA) in Humanities and the Creative Arts and has provided expert advice to a range of Australian, UK and other international universities on their research and creative practice activities. She is a peer reviewer for the Literature Board of the Australian Council for the Arts. She is a regular book reviewer, participant in Australian and international writers' festivals and a judge of major national book awards. She has been a writer in residence in China, France, Vietnam, UK and Australia and a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia.

She was formerly Deputy Dean of the Faculty Creative Arts and has played a senior management role in university governance in each of the universities at which she worked. She previously was Professor of Creative Writing, RMIT University in Melbourne and a Senior Lecturer University of Technology, Sydney and Lecturer, University of UNSW. She has academic relationships with a range of international universities and is regularly invited to review the writing and creative arts programs of universities in Australia and overseas. She also advises tertiary and secondary institutions about teaching and learning in the creative arts. During the past nine years she has secured $514,000 for research projects and other project activities within creative writing.

Catherine's research interests include:
• Creative Writing
• Historical Fiction
• Postcolonial fiction
• Memoir and Life Writing
• Crime Fiction and True Crime
• Poetry
• Short fiction
• Asia Pacific writing
• Creative communities
• Australian/French cultural relationship




2002, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, Doctorate, Feminism and Politics in contemporary Crime Fiction
1996, Southern Cross, Australia, Diploma of Adult Education, Adult Education
1992, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia, Associate Diploma, Writing and Editing
1982, University of New England, Armidale, Australia, Masters, The Irish short stories of Jmes Joyce and George Moore
1982, University of New England, Armidale, Australia, Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

Academic appointments

Associate Dean, Research, APSS, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - 2024
Honorary Professorial Fellow, Law and Humanities, University of Wollongong, 2020 - 2023
Governor, Board of Governors, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
Faculty Postgraduate Ombudsman/woman, APSS, LJMU, 2019 - 2021
Professor in Creative Writing, Screen School, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017 - present
Honourary Supervisor, Arts, Liverpool University, 2015 - 2017
Deputy Dean and Professor of Creative Writing, Law Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong, 2010 - 2017
Professor of Creative Writing, New Media, RMIT University, 2008 - 2010
Visiting Fellow, Writing and English, University of East Anglia, 2007 - 2007
Senior Lecturer, Media and Communication, University of Technology Sydney, 2002 - 2008
Lecturer, Professional Development Unit, University of NSW, 1996 - 2001

Books (authored)

Cole C. 2019. Sleep UWA Publishing 9781760800925

Cole C. 2017. Sea Birds Crying in the Harbour Dark UWA Publishing. Perth, Western Australia 9781742589503 Author Url Publisher Url

Cole C. 2010. The Perfume River An Anthology of Writing from Vietnam Melinda Inn 9781921401480

McNeil P, Karaminas V, Cole C. 2009. Fashion in fiction text and clothing in literature, film, and television Berg Publishers 9781847883575

Cole C. 2008. The Poet who Forgot ISBS 9781921401046

Cole C. 2005. The Grave at Thu Le

Cole C. 2004. Private Dicks and Feisty Chicks An Interrogation of Crime Fiction Fremantle Arts Center Press 9781920731281

Cole C. 2002. Skin Deep 9781876631208


Cole C. 2016. The Sea, the Sea Publisher Url

Cole C. 2013. Leda 6

Cole C. 2013. Looking for Serge Gainsbourg Online: Mascara Literary Review,

Cole C. 2012. Home Beijing World Literature,

Cole C. "Dein ist Mein Ganzes Hertz." Sleepers Almanac N0. 9, Publisher Url

Cole C. Animal Dreaming Animal Studies Journal, 2

Cole C. Carlton Online: Mascara Literary Review,

Journal article

Cole C. 2014. Creative Work: The Rabbit Animal Studies Journal, 3

Cole C. 2014. "Konkretion" by Marion may Campbell Mascara Literary review, 13

Cole C. 2014. "Jim Morrison - Pere Lachaise "A séance"." Tincture Journal,

Nelson A, Cole C. 2012. Productive Creative Writers’ Relationships: A Communities-of-Practice Framework New Writing, 9 :396-407 DOI Publisher Url

Cole C, Nelson A. 2012. Productive Creative Writers' Relationships: A Communities-of-Practice Framework New Writing,

Cole C. 2011. The Program Era : Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing New Literature Review (Wollongong),

Cole C, Berry M. History and postmemory in contemporary Vietnamese literature Text,


Cole C. 2014. Mother Love Kennedy C. Australian Love Stories 9780987540164

Cole C. 2012. Good supervision: the creative work in process: effective and engaged postgraduate supervision in creative writing Supervising Practices for Postgraduate Research in Art, Architecture and Design :41-50 Sense Publishers

Book review

Cole C. 2011. The Perfume River: An Anthology of Writing From Vietnam Transnational Literature, 3

Cole C. 2011. Review of "Murdering Stepmothers - The Execution of Martha Rendell" by Anna Haebich

Cole C. 2010. Hell writ in black and white


Shortlisted Christina Stead Fiction Prize, NSW Premier's Department NSW Australia, 2018

Vice Chancellors Award for Postgraduate Supervision, University of Wollongong. 2017

External committees:

Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts, Peer Reviewer. 2017

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Royal Society of the Arts. 2017

Conference presentation:

What kind of community is a literary community?, Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in AustraliaSymposium, Sydney, Australia, Oral presentation. 2011

Literary Communities: writers' practices and networks. Strange bedfellows or perfect partners, 15th Annual AAWP Conference, Australia, Oral presentation. 2011

Travelling partners: Using literary studies to support creative writing about real spaces, Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) Conference, Australia, Oral presentation. 2011

Media Coverage:

The road to Austinmer Beach Britain (June 2014): BBC Four.