Dr Fiona McFarlane

BA (Sydney), PhD (Cambridge), MFA (Texas)
Lecturer in Creative Writing

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 9114 2199

Biographical details

Fiona McFarlane is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her 2013 novel The Night Guest was translated into 19 languages, won the Voss Literary Prize and a NSW Premier’s Award, and was shortlisted for major awards including the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Stella Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her 2016 collection of short stories The High Places includes stories previously published in the New Yorker, Best Australian Stories, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Southerly. In 2014, Fiona was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist. She has an MFA in Fiction from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in American literature from Cambridge University, and has received a number of international fellowships, grants and creative residencies, including Australia Council for the Arts New Work grants, Fiction Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Before coming to Sydney to teach in the Masters of Creative Writing program, Fiona was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Research interests

  • Creative writing: fiction (novel, short story)
  • Narrative non-fiction
  • Contemporary Australian & North American fiction

Current projects

A novel on the settlement – and unsettlement – of the Flinders Ranges, set in the late 19th century.

Awards and honours

2017

  • An O. Henry Prize for ‘Buttony’, a story originally published in the New Yorker.
  • The High Places won a Queensland Literary Award (the Steele Rudd Award for the Short Story, shared with Elizabeth Harrower) and was longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Stella Prize, and shortlisted for the Readings New Australian Writing Award.

2014

  • The Night Guest won the Voss Literary Prize, the Barbara Jefferis Award (shared with Margo Lanagan), and a NSW Premier’s Award (UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing). It was also shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary award, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Stella Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Australian Indie Book Award, the Readings New Australian Writing Award, and the Dobbie Prize.
  • Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist
  • Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant, 2014-2015
  • Australia Council for the Arts Market Development Writers’ Travel Fund – Excellence Pool, 2014

2012

  • Keene Prize winner, University of Texas at Austin
  • Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Literary Arts, University of Texas at Austin

2010

  • The Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

2009

  • James Michener Fellowship, the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin

2008

  • George Bennett Fellowship, Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant
  • National Magazine Award nomination for ‘Those Americans Falling From the Sky’, a story originally published in Zoetrope: All-Story.

2007

  • Harper-Wood Studentship in English Literature, Cambridge University
  • Second Year Fiction Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown

2006

  • Fiction Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • McFarlane, F. (2017). Elizabeth Harrower in Sydney. In Elizabeth McMahon, Brigitta Olubas (Eds.), Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, (pp. 13-16). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • McFarlane, F. (2016). The Art of Work (Introduction). The Dyehouse, (pp. VII-XV). Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company.
  • McFarlane, F. (2015). I Will Tell you Something. In Debra Adelaide (Eds.), The Simple Act of Reading, (pp. 75-80). Melbourne: Random House Australia.

Journals

  • McFarlane, F. (2015). On Reading The Aunt's Story by Patrick White. Southerly, 75(2), 17-31.

Textual Creative Works

  • McFarlane, F. (2016). The High Places, (pp. 1 - 288). Melbourne, Australia: Penguin Books. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2016). Buttony. The New Yorker (March 7, 2016), New York, United States of America: The New Yorker. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2016). Good News for Modern Man. Best Australian Stories 2016, Carlton, VIC, Australia: Black Inc.
  • McFarlane, F. (2016). Man and Bird. The Australian (January 23, 2016), Australia: News Corp. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2013). The night guest, (pp. 1 - 278). Melbourne, Australia: Penguin Books. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2013). Art Appreciation. The New Yorker (May 13, 2013), New York, United States of America: The New Yorker. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2010). Exotic Animal Medicine. The Missouri Review, Columbia, United States of America: University of Missouri at Columbia.
  • McFarlane, F. (2010). Mycenae. Zoetrope: All-Story (Spring 2010), San Fransisco, United States of America: American Zoetrope.
  • McFarlane, F. (2010). The Movie People. Best Australian Stories 2010, Carlton, VIC, Australia: Black Inc.
  • McFarlane, F. (2008). Elegy Underground. Island, 112 (Autumn 2008), (pp. 106 - 110). Sandy Bay, TAS, Australia: Island Magazine Inc..
  • McFarlane, F. (2007). Those Americans Falling From the Sky. Zoetrope: All-Story (Winter 2007), San Fransisco, United States of America: American Zoetrope.
  • McFarlane, F. (2005). A Child Has Gone Missing From this House. BBC Radio 4 (23 November, 2005), London, Australia: BBC Radio 4.
  • McFarlane, F. (2002). The Painter of Madonnas. Southerly, 62(1), Sydney, Australia: The English Association Sydney.

2017

  • McFarlane, F. (2017). Elizabeth Harrower in Sydney. In Elizabeth McMahon, Brigitta Olubas (Eds.), Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, (pp. 13-16). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2016

  • McFarlane, F. (2016). The High Places, (pp. 1 - 288). Melbourne, Australia: Penguin Books. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2016). Buttony. The New Yorker (March 7, 2016), New York, United States of America: The New Yorker. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2016). Good News for Modern Man. Best Australian Stories 2016, Carlton, VIC, Australia: Black Inc.
  • McFarlane, F. (2016). Man and Bird. The Australian (January 23, 2016), Australia: News Corp. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2016). The Art of Work (Introduction). The Dyehouse, (pp. VII-XV). Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company.

2015

  • McFarlane, F. (2015). I Will Tell you Something. In Debra Adelaide (Eds.), The Simple Act of Reading, (pp. 75-80). Melbourne: Random House Australia.
  • McFarlane, F. (2015). On Reading The Aunt's Story by Patrick White. Southerly, 75(2), 17-31.

2013

  • McFarlane, F. (2013). The night guest, (pp. 1 - 278). Melbourne, Australia: Penguin Books. [More Information]
  • McFarlane, F. (2013). Art Appreciation. The New Yorker (May 13, 2013), New York, United States of America: The New Yorker. [More Information]

2010

  • McFarlane, F. (2010). Exotic Animal Medicine. The Missouri Review, Columbia, United States of America: University of Missouri at Columbia.
  • McFarlane, F. (2010). Mycenae. Zoetrope: All-Story (Spring 2010), San Fransisco, United States of America: American Zoetrope.
  • McFarlane, F. (2010). The Movie People. Best Australian Stories 2010, Carlton, VIC, Australia: Black Inc.

2008

  • McFarlane, F. (2008). Elegy Underground. Island, 112 (Autumn 2008), (pp. 106 - 110). Sandy Bay, TAS, Australia: Island Magazine Inc..

2007

  • McFarlane, F. (2007). Those Americans Falling From the Sky. Zoetrope: All-Story (Winter 2007), San Fransisco, United States of America: American Zoetrope.

2005

  • McFarlane, F. (2005). A Child Has Gone Missing From this House. BBC Radio 4 (23 November, 2005), London, Australia: BBC Radio 4.

2002

  • McFarlane, F. (2002). The Painter of Madonnas. Southerly, 62(1), Sydney, Australia: The English Association Sydney.

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