Ashley Haywood is a writer, researcher and poet whose work includes creative and critical pieces that often dwell in the art-science nexus. She was born and raised on Eora, and has lived in Australia and France. She is the inaugural recipient of The University of Queensland Fryer Library Creative Writing Fellowship (2017).
She holds a PhD in Creative Research on signs, minds and creativity, or how to write like painting with her thesis titled Harlequin Blue and The Picasso Experiment (2015). She holds First Class Honours degrees in Creative Writing (Southern Cross University) and Biological Sciences (Macquarie University).
Ashley’s background in science continues to influence her creative interests. With the support of the UQ Fryer Library Creative Writing Fellowship she has been focused on writing a book of poems that draw inspiration from geologist Prof Dorothy Hill’s coral research among other papers and rare books collected at the Fryer Library.
Ashley's poetic work has appeared in various places, including Meanjin, Southerly, AXON, Rabbit, Verity La, TEXT and Island/Islet. She has performed her creative work in Australia and France, and most recently at the World Science Festival Brisbane (2017). She was a finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (2016), and highly commended in The Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award (2016). You can find a list of her recent publications here.
She is one part of the slow reading and writing collective SWAMP and (soon to be launched) MUtarts Press. She currently lives in Brisbane, Australia.
If you'd like to see my CV, which includes some awards and other kinds of recognition in both the arts and sciences, you can find that here (or link below).
And please don't hesitate to get in touch, for any reason, whatever strikes!