About

Elizabeth Smyth is a writer and researcher with a focus on literary representation and experience of place. Her literary scholarship and creative-practice research engages with regionalism, ecocriticism, and the georgic to respond to contemporary social and environmental issues and concerns. She writes both long and short forms of narrative prose set in the Australian Wet Tropics.

Her current research explores creative-practice methodology, genre, magic realism, and the contribution of North Queensland literature to Australian society and culture. Prior to this, her PhD thesis was passed cum laude, and Elizabeth was awarded a Medal for Excellence for a Higher Degree by Research Thesis.

Elizabeth is now employed as a research officer in the Roderick Centre for Australian Literature and Creative Writing. Previously she worked as a research assistant on the 'To Be Continued' National Newspaper Fiction Database, an ARC-funded project administered by the Australian National University. 

Readers with aligned interests who are considering Honours, Masters and PhD studies, please send a brief email outlining a proposed research topic, why the topic is important, and a CV. Scholarship funding is available through James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Interests
Professional
  • Book Reviews Editor, JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Research
  • Creative-practice research methodology
  • Fictional representations of human-plant relationships
  • Literary depictions of the Australian Wet Tropics
  • The farm novel and georgic literature
Experience
  • 2023 to present - Research Officer, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2020 to present - Academic Librarian, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2023 - Research Assistant, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)
  • 2020 to 2023 - PhD, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Master of Information Studies (Librarianship), Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2024 - Medal for Excellence for a Higher Degree by Research Thesis
  • 2022 - FALS + Viva La Novella Editor Stepping Stone Program
  • 2020 - 3MT Finalist, James Cook University
  • 2016 - ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize longlist
  • 2016 - Maher Fellowship, Queensland Writers Centre
  • 2016 - Varuna Residential Fellowship
Memberships
  • Queensland Writers Centre (QWC)
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS)
  • Association for the study of Literature, Environment and Culture (ASLEC-ANZ)
  • Varuna Alumni, The National Writers House
  • Tropical Writers
  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)
Other
  • 2021 - Fellow, The Cairns Institute
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