Julienne van Loon is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is a Vice Chancellor's Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication.
Julienne van Loon is the author of four critically acclaimed books, most recently The Thinking Woman (2019). Her first novel, Road Story (2005), won The Australian/Vogel's award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book) Asia and Pacific region award and the WA Premier's Award for Fiction. She has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Australia Council for the Arts, the WA Department of Culture and the Arts and Creative Victoria. Julienne's essays and short stories have appeared in journals such as The Monthly, Griffith Review and the Sydney Review of Books, and in anthologies published by Pan MacMillan, Fremantle Press, ABC Books and Black Inc.
Alongside her work as a writer of fiction and nonfiction, Julienne has made a significant contribution to teaching and research in the Creative Writing discipline as a Higher Degree Research (HDR) supervisor. She has been the principle supervisor for 8 PhD thesis completions and 5 Masters-by-Research thesis completions. Publications by her HDR graduates have garnered two TAG Hungerford Awards, a Calibre Essay Prize, a WA Premier's Book Award, and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, and have been short- or long-listed for the National Biography Award, the Miles Franklin Award and The Australian/Vogel's Award.
Julienne is an editor at TEXT journal and a peer assessor for literature at the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2017 she became a Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa. In 2019, her latest work of fiction was named joint winner of the $25 000 Grifith Review Novella Project.
Julienne is active in scholarly debate in the Creative Writing discipline, particularly around questions of creative production as research. Since 2011, Julienne has been researching scholarly approaches to play and playfulness and their implications for research practice. She is currently working on a series of articles drawing on interviews with leading Australian researchers on the role of play and playfulness in moments of discovery.
A new major work of fiction, currently in development, explores the relationship between housing, cost of living pressures and urban Australian culture.
Active for a number of years as a Director of the Australian Society of Authors, an additional research interest is Australian author livelihoods and the cultural/public value of the local book.
Julienne is available by appointment.
Julienne is available to supervise Masters and PhD candidates in fields relevant to her research interests.
- PhD University of Queensland
- MA (Hons) by Research University of Wollongong
- Grad Dip Education (Higher and Further) Curtin University
- B. Creative Arts (Hons) University of Wollongong
Director and Chair of the Australian Society of Authors 2015-2017
Peer assessor, Literature, Australia Council for the Arts, 207-2019
Editor, TEXT: Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, since 2016.
- Van Loon, J. (2020). Asking the relevant questions In: Griffith Review 69: European exchange Brisbane, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2019). The Thinking Woman In: The Thinking Woman Sydney, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2019). Instructions for a Steep Decline In: Griffith Review 66: The Light Ascending Melbourne, Australia
- Kon-Yu, N.,Van Loon, J. (2018). Gendered authorship and cultural authority in Siri Hustvedt's the blazing world In: Contemporary Womens Writing, 12, 49 - 66
- Van Loon, J. (2018). In defense of play: A manifesto arrived at through dialogues In: Associations: Creative Practice and Research, Melbourne University Publishing, Carlton, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2017). Where do writers get their ideas from? In: Sydney Review of Books Penrith NSW Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2017). Let's play knowledge-makers: Lev Vygotsky, Joan Eardley and the rules of research and creative practice In: Axon: Creative Explorations, 7, 1 - 18
- Van Loon, J. (2017). Embodied subjectivity and the project of the contemporary literary essay In: Text, , 1 - 10
- Van Loon, J. (2015). A feminist approach to popular philosophy: classifying work by Sarah Bakewell, Laura Kipnis and Siri Hustvedt In: New Writing: The International Journal for the Theory and Practice of Creative Writing, 12, 312 - 323
- Van Loon, J. (2015). The Fifth Story In: Creative Writing as Research IV Australia
1 Masters by Research Completions10 PhD Current Supervisions
- Instructions for a Steep Decline. Funded by: Creative Victoria, VicArts Grant from (2018 to 2019)
- Ideas for Living: Popular philosophy for the thinking woman. Funded by: Australia Council for the Arts - Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups 2016, Round 1 from (2016 to 2017)