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Dr. Ann-Marie Priest

Senior Lecturer/Research Coordinator
School of Access Education
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE)
About Me

I am a humanities scholar with a special interest in Australian women writers and biography. My biography of renowned Australian poet Gwen Harwood, My Tongue Is My Own (LaTrobe University Press & Black Inc., 2022), won the 2023 National Biography Award.

In my role in the School of Access Education, I facilitate research in enabling education, with a focus on widening participation in higher education.

Universities Studied At

University of South Australia (BA Journ)

University of Adelaide (BA)

University of New England (MLitt)

Macquarie University (PhD)

Universities Worked At

Central Queensland University


National Biography Award ($25,000) 2023

Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship ($15,000) 2017

Highly Commended, Dorothy Hewett Award 2016

Shortlist, Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay 2014

Varuna Publisher Fellowship 2011

Australia Council (Literature Board) Grant ($15,000) 2010

Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize ($10,000) 2004

Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for a Thesis of Exceptional Merit (PhD), Macquarie University, 2001

Media Citations

Gregory Day, ‘Poetry against the Odds’, The Weekend Australian, 23 April 2022, p. 18.

Morag Fraser, ‘An inside look at the tumultuous life of one of our fiercest poets’, Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 2022,

Elaine Lewis, ‘My Tongue is My Own: A Life of Gwen Harwood’, Review, Loud Mouth: Music Trust E-Zine, 29 April 2022,

Geoff Page, ‘Gwen Harwood was a poet's poet who made her way in a man's world’, Review, The Canberra Times, 28 May 2022,

Susan Sheridan, ‘The tongue is an eye’, Review, Sydney Review of Books, 6 June 2022,

Stephanie Trigg, ‘Harwood’s many voices: A nuanced biography of the poet’, Review, Australian Book Review, no. 443, June 2022,

Previous teaching

I've taught undergraduate and/or honours units in literary and cultural studies, communication and professional writing.

Professional Experience

As well as teaching undergraduate students, I have worked as an editor, an educational designer and an academic learning advisor. 

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4705 Literary Studies
  • 3904 Specialist Studies in Education

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Spinning words into gold for the king - confessions of a maiden speechwriter
Associate Supervisor
Master of Research
Beyond Grades and Direct Entry: Understanding the ‘Hidden’ Outcomes of Enabling Education
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Against the Odds. The Life and Times of Betty Lane: the first woman to be granted a No.1 racehorse trainer licence by the Australian Jockey Club
Associate Supervisor
Complete Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Rush to Judgement: Aestheticising the "Double Frame" of the Post-Postmodern Performative Narrative
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests

Specialist Studies in Education - Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified

History And Archaeology

Historical Studies - Biography

Languages, Communication And Culture

Literary Studies - Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)

Languages, Communication And Culture

Literary Studies - British and Irish Literature

Languages, Communication And Culture

Literary Studies - North American Literature

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)

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