Dr Gay Lynch

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Gay Lynch writes and researches essays, novels, academic papers, book reviews and short stories on unceded Boonwurrung land and adjunct to Flinders University. Recent works include Unsettled (2019), an Australian historical novel, launched at ISAANZ, and 'On Work' a Covid-inflected essay in Meanjin (Winter 2021). Essays and stories can be found in Black Inc's Growing Up in Country Australia (2022), Best Australian Stories (2015), Bluestem Journal, Edicoes Humus Limitada, Gilmmer Press, Island, Meanjin, Meniscus, Griffith Review, Recent Work Press, TEXT, Sleepers Almanac, Verity La and Westerly. Lynch works as an academic, editor, manuscript assessor, and postgraduate examiner and participates in the national and international short story community.

2008: PhD Creative Writing, Flinders University
2004: Masters Creative Writing: Adelaide University (HD)
Honours, awards and grants

2019 Longlisted, FISH Short Memoir Prize

2016 Shortlisted and second place for UK Residency, International Short Story Writer, Wonder Short Story Festival, Charleston

2016 Shortlisted, FISH Short Memoir Prize

2015 ‘The Abduction of Ganymede’, Australia’s Best Short Stories 2015

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

Adjunct Lecturer, 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

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
Higher degree by research supervision
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)
Further information

Particular interest in projects on:

  • Australian contemporary fiction, short and novel-length
  • Life writing
  • 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