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Catherine Cole

Catherine Cole was born in Sydney, Australia and lives in Australia and France. She is a fiction and non-fiction writer and an academic in Literary Studies and Creative Writing. Her fictional works include the crime novels Dry Dock and Skin Deep and the fictional memoir about the French in colonial Hanoi, Vietnam, The Grave at Thu Le. She has also published short stories and poetry. Her non-fiction includes the memoir, The Poet Who Forgot, a reflection on her youthful friendship with the Australian poet, AD Hope. Catherine's research includes studies on Vietnam before and after the French colonial period and the American/Vietnam war. 

She has written on crime fiction and its popularity in her monograph, Private Dicks and Feisty Chicks: An Interrogation of Crime Fiction. She has edited the anthologies, Fashion in Fiction: Clothing in Text, Film and Television and The Perfume River: Writing from Vietnam.

University Career:

Catherine's academic career includes teaching at University of New South Wales, The University of Technology, Sydney, RMIT University, Melbourne, and University of Wollongong, where she is currently Professor of Creative Writing, formerly Deputy Dean of Creative Arts.

Her Doctoral and Masters students have included award winning and emerging writers including the novelists Anna Funder, Charlotte Wood, Ashley Hay, Pam Newton, poet and memoirist, Adam Aitken and the filmmaker, Kylie Boltin. 

Her degrees include a Doctorate of Creative Arts, Master of Letters, Graduate Diploma of Adult Education, BA and Associate Diploma of Writing and Editing. 

Catherine is a former member of the Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) evaluation committee in Humanities and the Creative Arts and has provided expert advice to a range of universities on their research and creative practice activities.

She is a regular book reviewer, participant in Australian and international writers' festivals and a judge of major national book awards.

Catherine has also worked in the fields of human rights, equity and diversity and industrial relations.

Awards and Honours

Catherine Cole has been a Literary Fellow at the Cité International des Arts, Paris and an Asialink fellow in Hanoi. She has been a Visiting Fellow to the University of East Anglia, Norwich. 

She received Literature Board Grants for New Work in 2012 and 2002. Her novels and non-fiction have been awarded or short listed for a range of literary awards. 




As Editor

  • The Perfume River: Writing from Vietnam, UWA Press, 2010

  • Fashion in Fiction: Text and Clothing in Literature, Film and Television, Berg UK and USA, May 2009 ed with McNeil, and Karaminas

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