Joshua Lobb

Dr Joshua Lobb

Position: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: PhD (UNSW), BA (first class)
Location: 25.120
Phone: + 61 2 4221 5984


Joshua Lobb is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and a member of the Material Ecologies research network. His ‘novel in twelve stories’ about grief and climate change, The Flight of Birds, is published by Sydney University Press. His novel, Remission, won the LitLink Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2014, as well as two residential fellowships at Varuna, the Writers House. His short story ‘I forgot my programme so I went to get it back’ was included in The Bridport Anthology 2009 and Best Australian Stories 2010; he has also had short stories published in Text, Animal Studies Journal, Southerly and Griffith Review. Scholarly publications include: “‘They don’t flinch’: Creative Writing/Critical Theory, Pedagogy/ Students” (AAWP 2012); ‘Narrative Possibility in the Fairy Tales of A. S. Byatt’ (UEA, 2009); ‘But if the author is dead, what are we doing here?’: Teaching Critical Theory in a Creative Writing Program’ (AAWP, 2008) and (with Dr Malcolm Ryan) ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit: A Case Study in Story-Sense Reasoning’(AAAI, 2007).

Research Interests

  • Theories of the novel, in particular: the function of voice, the representation of time, the structure of narrative.
  • The representation of space in narrative
  • The representation of human-animal interactions in narrative
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy: the interaction between theory and practice in a Creative Writing context


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Journal Articles

Creative Works 

  • Lobb, J. 2019, The Flight of Birds (Novel), Sydney University Press, St. Lucia
  • Lobb, J. 2014, “What he heard” (Short Story), Animal Studies 4:2. pp.176-180.
  • Lobb, J. 2014, “The Flight of Birds” (Short Story), Animal Studies 3:1. pp.73-79.
  • Lobb, J. 2010, “I forgot my program so I went to get it back, or, 101 Reasons” (Short Story) in Kennedy, C. (ed) Best Australian Stories 2010. Black Inc.: Collingwood. pp.206-212.
  • Lobb, J. 2007 and 2004, Wilde Tales (theatre script) Performed by State of Play Theatre Company. Critical Stages NSW Tour and Belvoir St Theatre B Sharp Season, 2004.

Potential Topics for HDR & Honours Supervision

  • Narrative Theory
  • Place and space in narrative
  • Human-animal interactions in narrative
  • Prose fiction
  • Theatre scripts

Recent Awards and Fellowships

  • 2014 LitLink Unpublished Manuscript Award
  • 2009 Bridport Prize, Runner-up

Professional Membership

  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (Executive Member and Treasurer, 209-2010)
  • Australian Society of Authors


Last reviewed: 20 May, 2019