Dr Lucy Neave

Associate Professor, English and Creative Writing
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy 130201
  • Creative Writing (Incl. Playwriting) 190402
  • Performing Arts And Creative Writing 1904

Research interests

Fiction writing and the writing process
Contemporary literature
Writing pedagogy


Lucy Neave is the author of Believe in Me (UQP, 2021), which was highly commended for the Christina Stead Prize in 2022. Her first novel, Who We Were, was published by Text (Melbourne, 2013), and shortlisted for the ACT Book of the Year Award in 2014. She has published in Best Australian Stories 2009 & 2014, and in Australian and American literary journals, including in Overland and Southerly. Her scholarly essays are on fiction writing process, writers' practices and pedagogy. She is the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts grant, a Varuna Second Book Fellowship, a 2018 Griffith Review novella prize and is a former Fulbright scholar.

Researcher's projects

Scholarship on the idea of crisis in contemporary fiction.

Research into how contemporary literary writers, especially emerging writers, support each other through reading each other's work and online networks.



Available student projects

Dr Lucy Neave is not currently available to supervise PhD projects.

Past student projects

As principal supervisor:

PhD Students

'Cold Vision: A Novel' and 'Inspired by the Snow Queen: Subversion, Status Quo and Structure: An Exegesis' (Sara Lyons, 2012) (supervised with Associate Professor Rosanne Kennedy)

'Watching Television with David Foster Wallace': A Novel and Dissertation (Kevin McMorrow, 2012)

'The Machiavellian Political Influence in Epic Fantasy': A Dissertation and Novel (Elizabeth Beaton, 2015)

'The Future of Boredom: A Novel and Dissertation' (Nick Smith, 2015)


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