Transnational Literature


About Our People


Gillian Dooley is Special Collections Librarian and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English at Flinders University. Her publications include V.S. Naipaul, Man and Writer (2006) and J.M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative (2010). She is the General Editor of the journal Transnational Literature and a regular book reviewer for Australian Book Review.

Nick Turner teaches at the Universities of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill and Salford, UK. He is the author of Post-War British Women Novelists and the Canon (2010), and articles on Iris Murdoch and realism in contemporary fiction. He has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement and is currently working on projects on the literary prize, and Barbara Pym.

Advisory Board:

Cassandra Atherton is an award winning interviewer and novelist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Deakin University. Her book of interviews with American public intellectuals, entitled In So Many Words, is forthcoming from Australian Scholarly Press. It includes interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Harold Bloom, Camille Paglia and Stephen Greenblatt. She is currently interviewing several Australian publishers for a suite of interviews for Australian Book Review.

David Attwell is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of York, with interests in postcolonial studies, South African and anglophone African literatures, especially J. M. Coetzee. With Derek Attridge he has recently co-edited The Cambridge History of South African Literature.

Lisa Bennett is a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Flinders University, South Australia. Writing as Lisa L. Hannett, she has had 50 short stories published since 2008, several of which have won national speculative fiction awards in Australia. Her first collection, Bluegrass Symphony, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

Helen Carr is Emeritus Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, and a co-editor of the journal,  Women: A Cultural Review. Among her recent publications are a group biography, The Verse Revolutionaries: Ezra Pound, H.D and the Imagists, and the second edition of her Jean Rhys.

Helen Day is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. She teaches children's literature and runs the MA Writing for Children. Her current research is exploring unreliable and lying narrators in young adult fiction. You can contact her on

Patricia Duncker is the author of five novels and two collections of short fiction including Hallucinating Foucault (1996), winner of the McKitterick Prize and the Dillons First Fiction Award, and Miss Webster and Chérif (2006) shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2007. Her fifth novel, The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge (Bloomsbury, 2010), was shortlisted for the CWA Golden Dagger award for the Best Crime Novel of the Year. Her critical work includes a collection of essays on writing, theory and contemporary literature, Writing on the Wall (2002). She is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester. 

Zoe Fairbairns novels include Benefits, ClosingHere Today and Other Names. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and published in her collection How Do You Pronounce Nulliparous? She teaches creative writing at the City Lit in London and writes features for Newbooks magazine, including interviews with Carol Ann Duffy, Sue Townsend and Gyles Brandreth. Zoe’s most recent book is Write Short Stories and Get Them Published: Teach Yourself.

Diana Glenn is Dean of the School of Humanities and Creative Arts at Flinders University. She is the author of Dante’s Reforming Mission and Women in the Comedy (2008) and has published numerous scholarly articles nationally and internationally. She has jointly edited the following volumes: Dante Colloquia in Australia 1982-1999 (2000); Flinders Dante Conferences 2002 & 2004 (2005); Imagining Home: Migrants and the search for a new belonging (2011); The Shadow of the Precursor (2012); and ‘Legato con amore in un volume’: Essays in Honour of John A. Scott (2013).

Poet, novelist and critic Tabish Khair was born and educated in Gaya, India, and is now based in Denmark. His previous novel, The Thing About Thugs (2010) was shortlisted for five awards, including the Man Asian. His latest novel is How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position (2012/13). 

Chandani Lokuge is Associate Professor of English at Monash University, Australia.  While her current research project is on South Asian literary aesthetic heritages, she has published 15 books including the Oxford Classics Reissues series of Indian women's writing in English, 3 novels and a book of short stories.

Sudesh Mishra is the author of four books of poems, including Tandava (Meanjin Press) and Diaspora and the Difficult Art of Dying (Otago UP), two critical monographs, Preparing Faces: Modernism and Indian Poetry in English (Flinders University and USP) and Diaspora Criticism (Edinburgh UP), two plays, Ferringhi and The International Dateline (Institute of Pacific Studies, Suva), and several short stories. His work has appeared in Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English since 1980, The Indigo Book of Modern Australian Sonnets, Lines Review: Twelve Modern Young Indian Poets, Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia, Sixty Indian Poets, The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poetry, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, The World Record and Concert of Voices: An Anthology of World Writing in English. He is Professor in Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of the South Pacific. 

Blake Morrison is a poet, novelist and librettist, probably best known for his two memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Things My Mother Never Told Me. His poetry includes the collection The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper, and he also published an account of the Bulger murder case, As If. He has adapted several plays for the Northern Broadsides theatre company; collaborated with the composer Gavin Bryars on two operas and a song cycle; and published three novels, The Justification of Johann Gutenberg, South of the River and The Last Weekend. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, London.

Nadine Muller is a Lecturer in English Literature & Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research covers Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, contemporary women’s fiction, and cultural histories of women and gender from the nineteenth century through to the present day. She is a member of the Journal of Gender Studies editorial board, an executive committee member of the Contemporary Women's Writing Association (CWWA), and she blogs at, where she also runs The New Academic.

Emma Parker is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester. She has published widely on contemporary literature and is co-editor of the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing, co-editor of The History of British Women’s Writing, 1970-Present Day(forthcoming, Palgrave 2014), and editor of Contemporary British Women Writers  (The English Association, 2004).

Robert Phiddian’s research focuses on political satire, especially current Australian political cartoons and early eighteenth-century literature. He is Chair of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, and has a particular interest in the quality of public language and in writers' festivals. Robert is Deputy Dean of the School of Humanities and Creative Arts at Flinders University.

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, educated at Harvard and St Martin's College of Art, and moved to England permanently in 1989. She worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now (released in 2013 as a feature film directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Saoirse Ronan). Her books have won or been shortlisted for 18 international book prizes, including the Carnegie medal and the Orange first novel prize. Picture Me Gone, her sixth novel, was published in 2013. She lives in London with her husband and daughter. 

David Sornig is an Australian writer of fiction, non-fiction and literary reviews. His novel Spiel was published in 2009 by UWAP and his book reviews appear regularly in the Melbourne Review. He has lectured in creative writing at Victoria University (2005-2009) and Flinders University (2009-2012). 

Craig Taylor is is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities at Flinders University. He is the author of Sympathy: A Philosophical Analysis (2002), Moralism: A Study of a Vice (2012), and co-editor of Hume and the Enlightenment (2011). He is currently editing a book entitled A Sense for Humanity: The Ethical Thought of Raimond Gaita, forthcoming with Monash University Publishing.

Charlotte Wood is the author of four novels and a book of non-fiction, and editor of the bimonthly magazine, The Writer's Room Interviews. She has a masters degree in creative arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and her PhD in progress (University of New South Wales) is focusing on the psychology of literary creativity. Her latest novel is Animal People (2011).

Editorial Board:

Kym Brindle is an Associate Lecturer at Edge Hill University. She obtained her PhD from Lancaster University for an AHRC funded study of neo-Victorian fiction. She has published essays in the journal, Neo Victorian Studies and in recent edited collections. Her book entitled Epistolary Encounters in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Diaries and Letters will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2014.

Shannon Burns is a writer, reviewer, occasional interviewer and sometimes-lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.

Ginette Carpenter is a Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research is in the fields of women’s writing, feminist literary theory, theories of reading and the reader, the contemporary novel and book cultures. She is currently working on a project that interrogates the relationships between reading, gender and space/place via the analysis of women writers’ fictional evocations of reading groups.

Amy T. Matthews is a novelist and academic. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Flinders University and a Research Fellow in the Discipline of English & Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.

Frances White is Assistant Director of the Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies, Kingston University and Assistant Editor of The Iris Murdoch Review,  Kingston University Press.


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