Dr Joshua Lobb
Position: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: PhD (UNSW), BA (first class)
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 His novel, Remission, won the LitLink Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2014, as well as two residential fellowships at Varuna, the Writers House.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).
- 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
- Lobb, J. and Cosgrove, S. 2015, “Writing the (Othered) Self: Cultural Exchange and Creative Writing Pedagogy” (14 pages) in Hecq, D. et al (eds) Writing the Ghost Train: Rewrriting, Remaking, Rediscovering Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 20th Conference of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs.
- Lobb, J. 2012, “‘They don’t flinch’: Creative Writing/Critical Theory, Pedagogy/Students” (14 pages) in Atherton, C. et al (eds) The Encounters: Place, Situation, Context Papers—The Refereed Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
- Lobb, J. 2009, “Deferring the ‘Main’ Point: Teaching ‘Narrative Desire’ as an Alternative Creative Practice” (10 pages) in Brien. D. & Freiman, M. (eds) The Margins and Mainstreams Papers: the refereed proceedings of the 14th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs
- Lobb, J. 2008, “‘But if the Author is Dead, what are we doing here?’ Teaching Critical Theory in a Creative Writing Program” (12 pages) in D. Brien & L. Neave (eds) The Creativity and Uncertainty Papers: the refereed proceedings of the 13th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2008.
- 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
- Australasian Association of Writing Programs (Executive Member and Treasurer, 209-2010)
- Australian Society of Authors