Biography

Dr Gay Lynch is currently a lecturer in the Department of English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies. She is the Fiction and Life Writing editor for Transnational Literature ejournal. Since 2005, she has published papers on creative writing research and pedagogy, Australian historical fiction, and the Irish diaspora, an adult novel, Cleanskin (2006) and short stories. During her time as a Middle School librarian, she published half a dozen stories for children.

Qualifications

2008: PhD Creative Writing, Flinders University
2004: Masters Creative Writing: Adelaide University (HD)

Honours, awards and grants

2013 Shortlisted Allen and Unwin, Varuna Fellowship

2009 Part-time Teaching Award, Humanities, Flinders University

2008 Selected Flinders University Internship Program

2007 Joint-Winner of Prize for Best Postgraduate Paper, AAWP (Australian Association of writing Programs) Annual Conference, University Canberra.

2007 Airfare Donated by CAL to present 'Performance Anxieties in the Preface: The Historical-Fiction-Writer as Cheerful Whore' at ASAL (Association for Study Australian Literature) Annual Conference, University of Queensland.

2007 Nominee, Davitt Award (Australian Women’s Crime Fiction)

2007 One of Six Finalists, People’s Choice Awards: SA Writers’ Festival [Cleanskin]

2005 Flinders University, URB Visiting Research Fellow Grant: Ireland ($3,000)

2005 Australian Postgraduate Award, Flinders University

2002 Short-Listed: Adelaide Festival of Arts Literature Award for New Manuscript ['Intent']  

2000: Eva Sallis Master Class (1999-2000) [Cleanskin]

Key responsibilities

Lecturer, Topic Coordinator, Department English, Creative Writing & Australian Studies, Flinders University

Teaching interests

Creative Writing, Historical Fiction, Prose Fiction, Australian Children's Fiction, English Canon

From 2004-2013, Gay Lynch taught across 20 English and creative writing topics

Research expertise

  • Creative Writing

Research interests

  • Creative Writing (contemporary and historical fiction, YA fiction)
  • Australian Settler History
  • Australian Irish Diaspora Studies
  • Creative Arts Practice-led Research, Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Australian Contemporary and Historical Fiction
  • Short Stories

Supervisory interests

  • Contemporary literature
  • Creative research higher degree supervision
  • Creative writing research higher degrees
  • Creative writing theory and practice
  • Creative writing, novels
  • Creative writing, short stories

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Creative Writing PhDs in process: Creative Writing Practice-led Research, Historical Fiction (1) ; Creative Writing Practice-led Research, Speculative Fiction, Climate Warming Novel (1) ;

Publications

  • Lynch, G. (2012). Intertextuality as Discord: Richard Flanagan's 'Wanting' (2008) In Diana Glenn, Md Rezaul Haque, Ben Kooyman and Nena Bierbaum, ed. The Shadow of the Precursor. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 236-254.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2010). Apocryphal and Literary Influences on Galway Diasporic History. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2013). Pumped. The Sleepers Almanac No. 8. Collingwood, VIC: Sleepers Publishing Pty Ltd, pp. 273-287.
    [Web Link]
  • Lynch, G.L. (2008). How to measure and handle a bat. Re-Placement: a national anthology of creative writing from universities across Australia. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University Press, pp. 51-60.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2006). Cleanskin. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press.
  • Lynch, G. and Pelosi, J. (2011). Lost & Found - Reinstating Playwright Edward Geoghegan (1813-1869) and his Most Controversial Play, The Hibernian Father (1844) In Anders Ahlqvist & Pamela O'Neill, ed. Language and Power in the Celtic World. Sydney, NSW: The Celtic Studies Foundation, The University of Sydney. Seventh Australian Conference of Celtic Studies. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2010, pp. 181-203.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2008). Metaphor as New Knowledge. In Donna Lee Brien and Lucy Neave, ed. The Creativity and Uncertainty Papers. Sydney, NSW: AAWP. Thirteenth Annual AAWP Conference: Creativity and Uncertainty. UTS City campus -Guthrie Theatre (Building 6), DAB. Sep 2008, pp. 1-12.
    [Web Link]
  • Lynch, G.L. (2007). New Preface: Historical Fiction Writers Explicate Their Practice. In Jen Webb and Jordan Williams, ed. and is papes: proceedings of the 12th Conference of AAWP. Canberra (on-line): University of Canberra. Australian Association Writing Programs (AAWP) University of Canberra. Nov 2007.
    [Web Link]
  • Lynch, G.L. (2009). Apocryphal stories in Kate Grenville's Searching for the Secret River. Text, 13(1)
    [Web Link]
  • Lynch, G.L. (2006). Writers Barnstorm Postgraduate Creative Writing Schools. Text, 10(2) pp. 1-15.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2005). Fiction Writing: Theft or Weft. Text, 9(1)
  • Lynch, G. and Pelosi, J. (2011). Lost & Found - Reinstating Playwright Edward Geoghegan (1813-1869) and his Most Controversial Play, The Hibernian Father (1844) In Anders Ahlqvist & Pamela O'Neill, ed. Language and Power in the Celtic World. Sydney, NSW: The Celtic Studies Foundation, The University of Sydney. Seventh Australian Conference of Celtic Studies. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2010, pp. 181-203.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2008). Metaphor as New Knowledge. In Donna Lee Brien and Lucy Neave, ed. The Creativity and Uncertainty Papers. Sydney, NSW: AAWP. Thirteenth Annual AAWP Conference: Creativity and Uncertainty. UTS City campus -Guthrie Theatre (Building 6), DAB. Sep 2008, pp. 1-12.
    [Web Link]
  • Lynch, G.L. (2007). New Preface: Historical Fiction Writers Explicate Their Practice. In Jen Webb and Jordan Williams, ed. and is papes: proceedings of the 12th Conference of AAWP. Canberra (on-line): University of Canberra. Australian Association Writing Programs (AAWP) University of Canberra. Nov 2007.
    [Web Link]
  • Lynch, G.L. (2010). Apocryphal and Literary Influences on Galway Diasporic History. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Lynch, G. (2012). Intertextuality as Discord: Richard Flanagan's 'Wanting' (2008) In Diana Glenn, Md Rezaul Haque, Ben Kooyman and Nena Bierbaum, ed. The Shadow of the Precursor. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 236-254.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2009). Apocryphal stories in Kate Grenville's Searching for the Secret River. Text, 13(1)
    [Web Link]
  • Lynch, G.L. (2006). Writers Barnstorm Postgraduate Creative Writing Schools. Text, 10(2) pp. 1-15.
  • Lynch, G.L. (2005). Fiction Writing: Theft or Weft. Text, 9(1)
  • Lynch, G.L. (2013). Pumped. The Sleepers Almanac No. 8. Collingwood, VIC: Sleepers Publishing Pty Ltd, pp. 273-287.
    [Web Link]
  • Lynch, G.L. (2008). How to measure and handle a bat. Re-Placement: a national anthology of creative writing from universities across Australia. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University Press, pp. 51-60.

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Further information

Particular interest in projects on:

  • Australian historical fiction writing; settler and frontier stories; South Australian history
  • Ngarrindjeri history and culture (collaboration with Yunggorendi essential); studies of contemporary Indigenous texts; writing race
  • Nineteenth-century Australian-Irish diasporic studies, including the history of Galway, Celtic myths and apocryphal stories, Irish-Australian writers
  • Nineteenth-century Irish fiction(projects welcome on Maria Edgeworth, Lady Augusta Gregory, Lady Morgan, Anthony Trollope)
  • Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon
  • James Joyce

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