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Adjunct Professor Philip Neilsen
Adjunct Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Creative Writing
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

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


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.

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