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Catherine McKinnon

Deputy Head—School of the Arts, English and Media, University of Wollongong

Catherine McKinnon is a novelist, playwright and academic. Her current research investigates narratives around climate change and atomic energy. Catherine's new novel will be published by Harper Collins in 2023. She teaches creative writing at the University of Wollongong and is co-convenor of UOW’s C3P research centre.

Her novel Storyland (Harper Collins 2017) was shortlisted for four awards, including the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2018 Barbara Jefferis Award. Storyland is currently being adapted into a play by Merrigong Theatre Company and Catherine is co-writing with Aunty Barb Nicholson.
She is one of the multi-authors of 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (Open Humanities Press, 2019) and was co-winner of the Griffith Review: Tall Tales Short – The Novella Project 111 award in 2015. Her first novel, The Nearly Happy Family, was published by Penguin in 2008. Her plays have been produced nationally and her short stories, reviews and essays have appeared in Transnational Literature, Text Journal, RealTime, Narrative, Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin and the Griffith Review.


  • –present
    Discipline Leader—English and Creative Writing, University of Wollongong


  • 2011 
    Flinders University, PHD/ Creative Writing