Dr Lisa Bennett

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (259)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Lisa Bennett completed a BFA (Hons) at the University of Ottawa before earning a BA (Hons) and PhD in medieval Icelandic literature and cultural memory at Flinders University. At Flinders, she has taught a wide variety of topics, including Vikings and Anglo-Saxon Literature, Reading and Writing Short Stories, Life Writing, Crime Fiction, Adaptations and advanced creative writing workshops. Under the name Lisa L. Hannett, she has published over 70 short stories in venues including Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy, Weird Tales, the Year's Best Australian Horror and Fantasy (Aus), the Year's Best Dark Horror and Fantasy (USA) and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (Can). She has won four Aurealis Awards, including 'Best Collection 2011' for her first book, Bluegrass Symphony, which was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award.


2011: PhD in Old Norse literature: The Remembered Present: Sites of Cultural Memory in the Íslendingasögur. Flinders University

2004: BA (Honours): English Literature. Flinders University

2001: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours): Double major in Painting/Photography and English Literature. University of Ottawa, Canada

Honours, awards and grants

Writing Awards

Finalist, Best Short Story, Australian Shadows Awards, 2018
Finalist, Best Horror Short Story, Aurealis Awards, 2018
Finalist, Best YA Short Story, Aurealis Awards, 2017
Winner, Best Novel, Australian National Science Fiction ('Ditmar') Awards, 2016
Finalist (twice): Best Horror Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2015
Finalist: Best Fantasy Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2015
Winner (with Angela Slatter), Best Collection, Aurealis Awards 2014
Finalist, Norma K. Hemming Award 2014
Finalist, Best Novella, Ditmar Awards 2014
Finalist, Best Collection, Aurealis Awards 2012
Finalist, Best Collected Work, Ditmar Awards 2012
Finalist, Best Collection, World Fantasy Awards 2012
Winner, Best Collection, Aurealis Awards 2011
Winner, Best Horror Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2011
Finalist, Norma K. Hemming Award 2012
Finalist, Best Collection, Australian Shadows Award 2011
Finalist, Best Novella, Australian Shadows Award 2011
Winner (with Angela Slatter), Best Fantasy Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2010
Finalist, Best New Talent, Ditmar Awards 2010

Grants and Awards

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (with Dr Erin Sebo), 2017
EHL Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (with Dr Erin Sebo), 2017
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers, 2015
Establishment Grant, Flinders University, 2015
Creative Research Fund Grant, Flinders University, 2015
Medium Research Project Grant, Flinders University, 2014
Arts SA Independent Makers and Presenters Professional Development Grant, 2012
Arts SA Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant, 2011
Flinders University Research Budget Grant, 2009
Flinders University Research Student Conference Travel Grant, 2009
Arts SA Independent Makers and Presenters Professional Development Grant, 2008
Fantastic Queensland Professional Development scholarship, 2008

Key responsibilities

Program Director, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)

CHASS Higher Degrees Research Coordinator (Creative Arts)

Teaching interests
  • Creative writing
  • Short stories
  • Short story cycles
  • Novels
  • Genre writing
  • Speculative fiction
  • Literary theory / criticism
  • Medieval literature
  • Icelandic literature
  • Contemporary fiction
Topic coordinator
CREA3101 Prose Fiction Writing
ENGL1102 Reading and Writing Short Stories
ENGL3210 Prose Fiction Writing
CREA3100 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
CREA7718 Theorising Creative Writing
ENGL2133 Vikings and Anglo-Saxon Literature
Topic lecturer
CREA3102 Medieval Myths
Supervisory interests
Contemporary fiction
Contemporary literature
Creative writing
Creative writing, novels
Creative writing, short stories
Cultural memory
Fantasy literature
Historical fiction
Icelandic literature
Medieval and epic poetry
Science fiction
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Science fiction (2), Literary fiction (1)
Associate supervisor: Old English (1), Science fiction (1), Old English and Old Norse Literature (1), Life Writing (Creative) (2)
Principal supervisor: Myth and magical realism (1)
Associate supervisor: Life Writing (1), Historical fiction (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Grace Chipperfield

Fulbright Scholarship - JAN 2018

  • Fantasy and Historical Fiction
  • Medieval studies
  • Old English and Old Norse literature
  • Vikings and the Viking Age
  • Vikings in popular culture
Further information

For further information about Lisa's creative writing, visit her author website: