Brian Castro

Professor Brian Castro

Chair Creative Writing

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Brian Castro was educated at the University of Sydney and has worked in Australian, French and Hong Kong universities as a teacher and writer. He is the author of eleven novels and a volume of essays on writing and culture. His novels have won a number of state and national prizes including the Australian/Vogel literary award, The Age Fiction Prize, the National Book Council Prize for Fiction, four Victorian Premier's awards, two NSW Premier's awards and the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction. He has delivered keynote addresses at major conferences in Shanghai, Vienna, Paris, Toulouse, Hong Kong and Kyoto. He has been a Literature Board member on the Australia Council. For many years he was the literary reviewer for Asiaweek magazine. In 2005 he held the position of Macgeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne. In 2007-8 he was the Professorial Research Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. He is currently Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide and is a member of the management committee of the J.M. Coetzee centre for Creative Practice, a centre for cross-disciplinary linkages and research into creativity. Castro was the 2014 recipient of the Patrick White Award for Literature and the 2018 Prime Minister's Prize for Poetry.

His research interests include melancholia and creativity, Oulipo and diasporic literatures.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2008 PROFESSOR University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2008 PROFESSOR University of Melbourne
    2005 - 2005 RESEARCH FELLOW University of Melbourne
    1995 - 1995 WRITER IN RESIDENCE Australian National University
    1994 - 1995 WRITER IN RESIDENCE University of Hong Kong
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry 2018 Prime Minister's Department Australia $80,000
    2014 Award 2014 Patrick White Award for Literature Patrick White Estate Australia $24,000
    2006 Award Queensland Premier’s Award for fiction Qld Premier's Department Australia
    2004 Award NSW Premier’s Award for fiction; book of the year NSW Premier's Department Australia
    2003 Award Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction (Vance Palmer Prize) Victorian Premier's Department Australia
    1997 Award National Book Council ‘Banjo’ Prize for Fiction National Book Council Australia
    1993 Award Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction (Vance Palmer Prize) Victorian Premier's Department Australia
    1992 Award Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction (Vance Palmer Prize)+Victorian Premier's Award for Innovative Writing Victorian Premier's Department Australia
    1991 Award The Age Fiction Prize The Age Newspaper Australia
    1982 Award The Australian/Vogel Literary Award The Australian newspaper; Vogel prize Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Cantonese) Can speak and understand spoken
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1973 - 1976 University of Sydney Australia M.A.
    1968 - 1971 University of Sydney Australia B.A. Dip. Ed.
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Comparing 'a' by Andy Warhal and Line 1072 of Aeschylus, Agamemnon Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Edith Mina Lyre
    2018 Co-Supervisor Ekphrasis and Sketching as Tools for Characterisation and Narrative Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Stephen William Abram
    2018 Co-Supervisor Into the Forest: Historical Imagination in Philippine Fiction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Glenn Lappay Diaz
    2018 Co-Supervisor A Prose Fiction Project on Colonel William Light Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lyn Dickens
    2017 Co-Supervisor expiation, For, the, sin, of, Nothing: The Politics of the Poetic Form in Queer Philippine Poetry in English Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mark Anthony Reyes Cayanan
    2016 Co-Supervisor "Scapegrace", Young Adult Novel Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Emily Francine Palmer
    2016 Principal Supervisor The Seven Sisters: Space, Time and Cultural Appropriation on the Nullarbor Plain Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Catherine Mary Flanagan Willanski
    2016 Co-Supervisor The Willton Tales, Stories from a Country's Heart Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Peter Hugh Court
    2014 Co-Supervisor Portraying the Other in Salaryman Novels and How Their Identities are Constructed Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ying Xuan Chuang
    2014 Principal Supervisor Arson and Other Acts of Violence: Social Realism in Australian Gothic Fiction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sally Sian Lily Fermer
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Expatriates: Short Stories and Essays Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Joanne Nicole Lennan
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Postulating the Personal in Abstract Art Through Poetry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dominic Alexander Symes
    2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Literary Novel: 'The Ghost of a Child' and exegesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Karen Maree Rees
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Disabling Poetics: Bodily Otherness and the saying of poetry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andrew Jackson
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor All autostrade lead to Rome: A contemporary traveller's impressions of Rome Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Tina Morganella
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Novel and Exegesis : "In the garden where we've been planted" Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Dr Henry Walter Prunckun
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Reunited: A Novel and Exegesis (film structures and cinematic techniques in modern crime fiction and thrillers) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Phillipa Deanne Martin
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Australian Road Stories Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Liz Allan
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Episodic Novel Essay: Memory, Imagination and The Creative Process Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew James Hooton
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Bone Troubles (Novel) and Exegesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Robert Meldrum Sedlack
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor A Narrative about War and a War Bride: Creative work & Exegesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Eleanor Ahern
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Creative Writing - Literary Fiction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Helen Catherine Dinmore
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor The Philosophical Novel Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Kathryn Koromilas
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor This Old Man and an Act of Reading and Writing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jonathan Mark Zweck
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Stories About the End: On Writing Young Adult Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tim Sinclair
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Creative Writing. A Novel, Plus a Critique/Thesis/Exegesis Titled, The Monster as the Holy Grail in Literature and Cinema the Changing role of Jeopardy in Narrative Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Con Anemogiannis
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Memoir: Expatriates Experiences, Shanghai, China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Christine Robyn Velde
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Point of View in a Novel about a Divided Society Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Mary Lynn Mather
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Creative Writing: Self Invention in Settler Cultures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Leila Susan Binder
    2010 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Dark Green: A Collection of Poems on Environmental Themes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Rachael Mead
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The Role of Place in Defining Subjectivity in Contemporary Australian Fiction Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Sally Sian Lily Fermer
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Of The Earth: An In-Depth Creative Enquiry into Travel and Transportation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Bryan Whalen
    2009 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Intimate Dislocations: Telling Vera's Story (A Memoir) Master of Arts Master Part Time Dr Anna Szorenyi
    2009 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Literary Activists and Activism Master of Arts Master Full Time Ms Catherine Mary Flanagan Willanski
    2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Transposition - Poetry and Cinema Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Emma Carmody
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor The Role of Narrative in Corporate Environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Martina Newhook
    2009 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Creative Writing Novel Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Charles Canning
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Novel: Maps and Cartography Throughout History as Metaphors for Meaning in Literature Vs "The Hero's Journey" Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Benjamin Alexander Crisp
    2009 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Desire and Its Disastrous Results: Re-Examining Morality and Ambivalence in the Literature of Feminine Masochism Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Maya Linden
    2009 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Technologies of Writing in Contemporary Culture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sonja Dechian
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Creative Writing - Fiction Novel and Exegesis - Conflict Theory and its Impact on Writing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lauren May Lovett
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Creative Writing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Miguel Syjuco
    2008 - 2013 Principal Supervisor The skin of a writer:
    Part one: Winsome of Rangoon (provisional title) - a novel
    Part two: Skin, writing and ethics in the representation of Anglo-Burmese subjectivity
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Michelle Diane Aung Thin
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor The Trauma Aesthetic: the works of W.G. Sebald, J.M. Coetzee and Thomas Pynchon Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shannon Burns
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor "Calypso Summers" (Novel) and "Culture Code" (Exegesis) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Jared Thomas
    2008 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Childless Women in Fairytales and Novel Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Carol Lefevre
    2008 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Sonata Form and the Literary Creative Process Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Stefan Lashchuk
    2008 - 2009 Principal Supervisor To Examine the Balance Between Aethetic and Socio-political Concerns when Interpreting Historical Event in Fiction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Dominique Wilson
    2008 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Original Novel Plus Research into Crime and Science Fiction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sean Llewellyn Williams
  • Position: Chair Creative Writing
  • Phone: 83133861
  • Email: brian.castro@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 6
  • Room: 6 05
  • Org Unit: English and Creative Writing

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