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Dr Kate Cantrell

Name Kate Cantrell
Position Lecturer (Creative Writing)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Office A218
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 5370
Extension 5370
Qualifications BCI(Hons) QUT , PGDipELTA Oxford , PhD QUT
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Kate Cantrell is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher working at the intersection of creative writing, mobility studies, and social justice. Her research specialisation is contemporary accounts of wandering and narrative representations of illness, immobility, and displacement, with a special focus on KidLit and ZitLit (children's and young adult literature). She has published over 40 journal articles, conference papers, and essays, as well as industry articles in high-profile outlets such as Times Higher Ed where she is a regular contributor. Her short stories, creative non-fiction, and poetry appear in highly-esteemed magazines and journals such as Overland, Meanjin, and Westerly, among others. The first Arts researcher in Queensland to be awarded a Smart Futures Fellowship ($23,000), Kate's research on wandering has attracted external funding and often attracts media interest. She has produced commissioned output for community organisations such as Surf Life Saving Australia; government bodies such as Tourism QLD; and NGOs such as UNANIMA International. She has also consulted on global campaigns at the United Nations, where she continues to build globally significant partnerships through her arts advocacy. An experienced teacher, Kate has taught at top universities in Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and she has an established record of teaching excellence in both Creative Writing and Literature, and in cognate areas of Professional Writing and Communication, and Editing and Publishing. She has a collection of national and international teaching awards and grants ($17,116), and has an emerging reputation as an expert in first-year experience and engagement. In 2019 and 2020, she was awarded consecutive teaching and learning citations for building reading resilience through trauma-informed pedagogy (2020) and supporting professional learning through student partnership (2019).

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) ( 190402 )
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) ( 200502 )
  • Creative Writing (incl. Scriptwriting) ( 360201 )
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Literature) ( 470502 )

Research interests
Writing for social justice; arts advocacy, contemporary travel writing and memoir; narrative representations of wandering; stories of illness, immobility, and displacement; trauma; creative writing pedagogy; first-year experience and engagement.

Professional memberships
Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW)
Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
Queensland Writers Centre (QWC)

Industry affiliations
Special Issues Associate Editor - TEXT (2020-)
Judge - Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize (2020-)
Judge - Macintyre Writers Award (2019-)
Australian Delegate – CSW60, United Nations (2016)
Heinrich Böll Writer-in-Residence (2016)
Stiwdio Maelor Writer-in-Residence (2015)
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer-in-Residence (2012)
Australian Delegate – UNANIMA International, United Nations (2012)

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (CHIER)

Currently teaching courses/programs
CWR1001 Writing Good Prose
CWR1002 Writing about People
CWR1003 Writing for Young Readers
CWR2002 Writing about Place

ENL1000 Introduction to Literature
ENL1001 Australian Stories
ENL2004 Gothic Stories
ENL3004 The Literary Canon

PUB5001 Introduction to Editing and Publishing
PUB5002 Writing for Editors

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
12 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
2 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Digital Engagement Coordinator (Engagement and International), School of Humanities and Communication
ECR Representative (Learning and Teaching), School of Humanities and Communication
ECR Representative (Research), School of Humanities and Communication

Research most recent
- Reluctant Wandering: New Mobilities in Contemporary Australian Travel Writing. In The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature, edited by Jessica Gildersleeve. Routledge, 2021.
- Cat in a Spat: Scrapping Seuss is Not Cancel Culture. The Conversation, 4 March 2021, with Sharon Bickle.
- Abused, Neglected, Abandoned: Did Roald Dahl Hate Children as Much as the Witches Did? The Conversation, 21 January 2021, with India Bryce & Jessica Gildersleeve.
- Doomscrolling, Zoom Overload, and COVID Fatigue: Teaching Creative Writing During the Pandemic, NiTRo, ed. 32, 2020, with Emma Doolan & Kelly Palmer.
- Triggering Kindness: Teaching Trauma During COVID-19, NiTRO, ed. 32, 2020, with Jessica Gildersleeve.
- Not-So-Invisible Mending: Developing Editing Skills in Large Online Classes through Visible Labour, ROLE, vol. 3, no. 1, 2020, with Ariella Van Luyn & Beck Wise.
- Wandering with Wi-Fi: The Wandering Trend in Women’s Travel Blogs, TEXT, Special Issue 56, 2019.
- Wandering: A Special Issue, with Ariella van Luyn & Emma Doolan, M/C Journal, vol. 22, no. 4, 2019.

Short Stories, Essays & Creative Non-Fiction
- Crackers, Hecate, vol. 45, no. 1 & 2, 2020.
- Jenga, Kafka, and The Triumph of Academic Capitalism: A Taxonomy of Scholars and their COVID Capital, Axon, vol. 10, 2020, with Kelly Palmer.
- The Casualties of Academia: A Response to The Conversation, Overland, 6 May 2019, with Kelly Palmer.
- Queensland: A State of Slogans, Kill Your Darlings, Queensland Showcase, 12 November 2018.
- #MeToo: Sexual Harassment On Campus Can No Longer Be Ignored, Times Higher Ed, 23 August 2018.

- Map-Scrapping, Coolabah, no. 29, 2021.
- Things You Lost in 2020, Westerly, vol. 65, no. 2, 2020.
- Girl with a Monkey, Queensland Review, vol. 26, no. 2, 2019.
- The Five Stages of Grief, Cordite Poetry Review, no. 93, 2019.
- The Satin Man, Meanjin, vol. 77, no. 4, 2018.
- Mutations, Meniscus Literary Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, 2018.

Publications in ePrints

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: and Bryce, IndiaORCID: and Gildersleeve, JessicaORCID: (2021) Abused, Neglected, Abandoned: Did Roald Dahl Hate Children as Much as the Witches Did? The Conversation, 21 January 2021. pp. 1-3.

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: and Bickle, SharonORCID: (2021) Cat in a Spat: Scrapping Dr Seuss Books is Not Cancel Culture. The Conversation, 4 March 2021. pp. 1-6.

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: (2021) Creative Writing: A Damaging Narrative. Times Higher Education (THE), 27 May 2021. pp. 2-3. ISSN 0049-3929

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: and Hawkes, Lesley (2021) Empathy, Anthropomorphism, and the Uncanny Valley Effect: Why Audiences Strayed Away from the Film Adaptation of Cats. The Journal of Popular Culture, 54 (3). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0022-3840

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: (2021) Map-Scrapping [Poem]. Coolabah (29). pp. 61-62. ISSN 1988-5946

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) ( 190402 )
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) ( 200502 )
  • Creative Writing (incl. Scriptwriting) ( 360201 )
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Literature) ( 470502 )