- Adjunct Professor Philip Neilsen
- Adjunct Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
- Discipline *
- Performing Arts and Creative Writing
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PhD (University of Queensland), MA (University of Queensland), BA(Hons) (University of Queensland)
WW2 memoir, children's and youth writing, contemporary creative non-fiction, creative writing, digital storytelling, environmental writing, satirical writing, writing for health, writing therapy, youth reading habits
Philip Neilsen completed his Honours dissertation on the novels of Charlotte Bronte at the University of Queensland. He went on to an MA on the novels of Saul Bellow and a PhD on the representation of women in the novels of Arnold Bennett, researched at the University of Queensland and University of London. After teaching at the University of Queensland for nine years he moved to QUT, where he founded the Creative Writing Discipline and program in 1996.
Neilsen is a poet, fiction writer for adults, young adults and children, editor and literary critic. He has been extensively published in Australia and overseas, and his fiction and poetry has been translated into German, Chinese and Korean. He has published 14 books.
He was chair of the Queensland Writers Centre from 1991 to 1994, and is an honorary life member of the centre. He has been a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council (1992 to 1995), edited the literary magazine Imago: New Writing from 1989 to 2001, and since 2000 has been an editor of Dotlit, the on-line creative writing magazine.
He is Creative Director of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village Sharing Stories public history project.
Professor Neilsen is a member of the Australian Society of Authors and is included as a writer in The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature and Who’s Who in Australia.
- Murphy F, Neilsen PM, (2008) Recuperating writers - and writing: the potential of writing therapy, Text p1-26
- Neilsen PM, (2008) The potential role of life-writing therapy in facilitating 'recovery' for those with mental illness, M - C Journal p1-8
- Neilsen PM, (2007) Locating Queensland Children's Literature: Reef, Bush And City, By The Book: A Literary History of Queensland p278-300
- Neilsen PM, (2003) Wholesome values and social critique in Harry Potter, Proceedings of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference p1
- Neilsen PM, (2003) Equity and injustice in fantasy and sci-fi narratives for children, Galactic Jurisprudence. Socio-Legal Research Centre p1
- Neilsen PM, (2004) Punishment And Rehabilitation: Pt Puer Boys Prison Traumas Of Law, Traumas Of Law: Law & Literature Association Of Australia Annual Conference p1
- Neilsen PM, (2005) Digital story-telling as life-writing: self-construction, therapeutic effect, textual analysis leading to an enabling aesthetic for the community voice, Proceedings: Speculation and Innovation: Applying Practice Led Research in the Creative Industries p1
- Neilsen PM, (2006) The Case For Life-Writing As Therapeutic, Association Of Australian Academic Programs National Conference p1
- Bourke N, Neilsen PM, (2004) The Problem Of The Exegesis In Creative Writing Higher Degree Programs, Text p1-8
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Lesbian Detective Fiction: the Outsider Within (2008)
- Sharing Stories: Problems and Potentials of Oral History and Digital Storytelling, and the Writer/Producer's Role in Constructing a Public Place (2007)
- The Case of Mary Dean: Sex Poisoning and Gender Relations in Australia (2004)
- Three screenplay adaptations and the ownership effect (2003)
Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)
- Writing Women into the Law in Queensland (2007)
- A Bachelor's Family. A Memoir of Relationship and Childlessness (2005)
- Suicide Girls : Pedagogy And Praxis In The On-Line Writing Workshop (2005)
- The First Fifty Years of Outward Bound Australia (2004)
- Swell: a feature-length screenplay set in the world of Australian surfing and an accomanying exegesis of three-act structure, positioning the screenplay within the national and international cinema (2003)