Caine Chennat

Awards and achievements - December 2017 - January 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month.

Catherine Noske

Westerly announces their new Editor

Friday, 10 April 2015

The Westerly Centre is happy to announce that Dr. Catherine Noske has just joined the University of Western Australia as the new editor of Westerly magazine.

Vale Niall Lucy

Friday, 13 June 2014

Westerly are deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Niall Lucy.

Winthrop Professor Philip Mead

Top Australian scholar appointed to Chair at Harvard

Friday, 21 February 2014

A distinguished scholar of Australian literary and cultural history - who is also Chair in Australian Literature at The University of Western Australia - will spend the 2015-2016 academic year at one of the leading universities in the US.

Randolph Stow

John Kinsella to deliver second Annual Randolph Stow Memorial Lecture

Monday, 29 July 2013

St George's College and the Westerly Centre will present the Annual Randolph Stow Memorial Lecture at 6.00pm on Tuesday the 6th August 2013, delivered by the award-winning Australian poet, novelist, critic, essayist and editor, Professor John Kinsella.

Westerly Magazine

Westerly Magazine launch new website

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Westerly Magazine have launched a new website. After years of existing as a subsite within the website for the Westerly Centre, the research centre for Australian literature from which the magazine is published, it has finally created its own domain at

Helen Trinca lecture on her biography of Madeleine St John

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Westerly Centre are pleased to host Helen Trinca, who will discuss her experiences writing the biography of highly regarded Australian novelist Madeleine St John

Professor John Kinsella  (Photo:  Matt Deller)

Lyric protester: Kinsella wins Victorian Premier's Literary Award for poetry

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

‘For me, a poem is an activist thing, and every poem is an act of responsibility,' says this year's winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for poetry, Professor John Kinsella from The University of Western Australia.

Patrick White and Sydney Nolan

National Library of Australia Summer Scholarships

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The National Library of Australia is offering Summer Scholarships to research students in the disciplines of Australian literature, Australian history and cultural studies, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies, and biographical research.

James Quinton

Epic journey to spark the hard yarn on suicide

Thursday, 28 June 2012

UWA research assistant at the Westerly Centre, James Quinton, has set off on the challenge of a lifetime by cycling more than 4000km solo from Darwin to Perth to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental wellbeing.

Professional development day for English teachers

Professional development day for English teachers

Friday, 11 May 2012

On Friday the 22nd of June English and Cultural Studies in conjunction with the Westerly Centre at UWA will host a day of seminars and stimulating discussion for English teachers from around the state. It has been designed to reinvigorate the teaching of English and perhaps spark interest in new areas of study.

Bruce Bennett (1941-2012)

Vale Professor Bruce Bennett, AO (1941-2012)

Friday, 20 April 2012

Bruce Bennett, one of the most respected and admired scholars and teachers in Australian literary studies, has passed away after a long illness.

Randolph Stow

Annual lecture honours Randolph Stow

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

One of Western Australia's most celebrated authors will be honoured with an annual lecture at The University of Western Australia.

Randolph Stow

The inaugural annual Randolph Stow Lecture

Monday, 22 August 2011

St George's College and The Westerly Centre will present the inaugural annual Randolph Stow Lecture by Gabrielle Carey on Tuesday 20 September. The lecture title is 'Getting to know Randolph Stow: towards a portrait of the artist as a young man'.

Stephen Daisley

UWA congratulates top Aussie author

Friday, 8 July 2011

Debut novelist Stephen Daisley, who is completing his Doctorate in Creative Writing at The University of Western Australia, has won the prize for fiction at the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

Kim Scott attending the Dennis Haskell Symposium Feb, 2011

Congratulations to Kim Scott - winner of the 2011 Miles Franklin prize

Thursday, 23 June 2011

The Westerly Centre, and Westerly magazine, would like to congratulate Kim Scott on winning the 2011 Miles Franklin prize for his third novel (and second to win the Miles Franklin) That Deadman Dance. That Deadman Dance has also been shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal (along with Peter Boyle, Apocrypha; Peter Goldsworthy, Gravel; Kirsten Tranter, The Legacy, and Chris Womersley, Bereft).

Kim Scott

Scott wins second Miles Franklin award

Thursday, 23 June 2011

A PhD graduate from The University of Western Australia, Kim Scott, has won Australia's most illustrious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, for the second time.

Stephen Daisley

Night-driving towards acclaim

Thursday, 16 June 2011

"Don't worry darling, you'll grow out of it," said Stephen Daisley's mother when, as a young man, he told her he wanted to be a writer.

The West and the Australian soul - Dennis Haskell writes in The Australian Literary Review

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Dennis Haskell has been published in the Australian Literary Review, Volume 6, Issue 3, April 2011.

Click here to read this story on how landscape and isolation influences West Australian writers. 

A. A. Phillips Award granted to Dennis Haskell and Delys Bird

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A. A. Phillips Award granted to Dennis Haskell and Delys Bird

On February 17 and 18, 2011, the Westerly Centre and The Association Study for Australian Literature (ASAL) co-hosted a Symposium, Creative Writing and its Contexts. This event, held at UWA, was organised to mark the pending retirement of Professor Dennis Haskell and over 100 people attended.