Dr Catherine Noske

Started at UWA: 2015

Teaching and investigating the power of words

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Dr Catherine Noske

Dr Catherine Noske is a creative writer, literary editor and award-winning teacher whose soon-to-be-published novel, The Call of Salt, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett Prize. Her current research looks closely at the way we use words to create ideas of Australia, focusing on anything from social concepts such as 'nation', to physical places such as the collection of poetry in the new Optus Stadium.

Dr Noske is editor of Westerly magazine and lectures in English and creative writing within the School of Humanities. Her most recent work surrounds the Western Australian writer Randolph Stow and his textual practices of place-making, considering what his writing might teach us for the future, and how it could change the way we think and write about place.

Dr Noske is also beginning work on a collaborative project between Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers, and the ways such initiatives can contribute to Australian society. Her research aims to help us understand how writing, produced culturally, informs our social lives and how we can use these cultural productions to create a better future for society. She is a frequent guest blogger for Margaret River Press, blogging on current writing and research.

Dr Noske was recently a participant in the ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme at the University of Melbourne. This scheme was open to outstanding early career female researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

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Judge for the WA Premier’s Book Award and current Judge for City of Fremantle TAG Hungerford Prize, 2016

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Editor of Westerly Magazine, one of Australia’s older literary magazines, and the only one based in WA, 2015 onwards

Shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett Prize for her novel manuscript, The Call of Salt, 2015

Awarded a Faculty Excellence in Teaching for Lecturers Award, 2018


Dr Noske's teaching is based around curiosity, unpicking a text to see how it works and what it's doing in the world. She shares her enthusiasm for analysis with her students.

Dr Noske currently teaches the following undergraduate units:

Supervisor opportunities

Dr Noske is open to supervising research projects centered on creative writing in forms such as poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Her current research areas of interest include trauma narratives and metafiction, collaborative creative practices, Indigenous writing and diversity in publishing, postcolonial studies, selfhood and philosophies of ontology. To discuss supervision options, contact Dr Noske on the details below.

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