Julienne van Loon is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction. She is a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication.
Julienne van Loon is the author of three novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Harmless (2013). Her first novel, Road Story (2005), won The Australian/Vogel's award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book) 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, Copyright Agency Limited 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.
A complex research project in which Julienne is currently involved is "The Thinking Woman". This research will result in a major nonfiction book in the popular philosophy genre. The work has been funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and engages with some of the most interesting contemporary women thinkers internationally, connecting their intellectual and philosophical concerns with everyday life and seeking to bring their work to a broader readership. The project involves interviews with the US novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt; socialist feminist philosopher Nancy Holmstrom; Cultural Studies Professor Laura Kipnis; Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of London, Marina Warner; and posthumanist feminist philosopher Rosi Braidotti.
A study for a new novel was published in short story form in Best Australian Stories 2014 (Black Inc.) and is currently under development with funding from Creative Victoria.
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. A recent journal article publication, 'The Play of Research: What Creative Writing Has to Teach the Academy" (published in TEXT journal in 2014), argues for the crucial role of play in improving our ability to create, innovate and contribute to the production of knowledge and understanding, and discusses how universities might enable, justify and benefit from playfulness vis-à-vis research. 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.
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
Julienne was Director and Chair of the Australian Society of Authors 2015-2017, and has been actively involved in author advocacy issues in Australia. During 2018, she convened the Canadian and Australian Book Industries Conversation, a two-day conversation on industry matters which included representation from the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, Copyright Agency Limited, the Writers Union of Canada, Access Copyright Canada and the Association of Canadian Publishers, as well as leading academics from both countries. Julienne is now working on developing new collaborative research opportunities related to the Canadian and Australian book industries, and in particular to author livelihoods in a rapidly changing social, economic and industrial context.
Julienne has also been an active member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, including service on the Boards of those organisations.
- 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: reclassifying 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
- Van Loon, J. (2014). Bring closer what is left to come In: Best Australian Stories 2014 Collingwood, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2014). The play of research: What Creative Writing has to teach the academy In: Text: journal of writing and writing courses, 18, 1 - 12
- Van Loon, J. (2013). Harmless In: Fremantle Arts Press Fremantle, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2013). In broad daylight In: Just Between Us: Australian women writers tell the truth about female friendship Sydney, Australia
- Van Loon, J. (2011). The play of days In: Griffith Review 31: Ways of Seeing Melbourne, Australia
2 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions
- Instructions for a Steep Decline. Funded by: Creative Victoria, VicArts Grant 2017 from (2018 to 2019)
- Ideas for Living: Popular philosophy for the thinking woman. Funded by: Australia Council for the Arts- Arts Project for Individuals and Groups (CAT0) from (2016 to 2017)
- 2015 Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship (Van Loon). Funded by: RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship from (2015 to 2019)