curriculum vitae



Ashley Haywood is a writer, researcher and poet, with work published and performed in Australia and overseas. She holds a PhD in Creative Research on semiotics and creativity. She also holds First Class Honours degrees in Creative Writing and Biological Sciences. Ashley’s interests often move in the art-science nexus.




2009 – 2015 | Doctor of Philosophy

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia (External*)

Dissertation Title: Harlequin Blue and The Picasso Experiment
Questioning:  Signs, minds and creativity; or, How to write like painting?

Publication output to date:

  • ‘The Cell of my Art as an Amoeba’ (essay) in Axon (2017)

  • ‘Evernight’ (creative work) in Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2017 (2016)

  • ‘Harlequin Blue; A place like Paris and a new brain map’ (creative research) in TEXT (2015)

  • Excerpts from Harlequin Blue performed in Australia and France (2011 - 2017), including the World Science Festival Brisbane (2017).

Awards:  Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (2009-2012)
Results:  A, A, B
Primary Supervisor:  Dr Moya Costello, Southern Cross University
*Research and writing undertaken in Sydney, Melbourne, regional Australia, Paris, regional France, London.


2005 – 2008 | Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with First Class Honours   

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia

Honours Thesis Title:  ‘The Wall Reports; The construction of The Wall Reports and consequences for the writing-self’ Major Fields:  Creative Research, Creative Writing
Publication output to date:  ‘The Wall Reports (an excerpt)’ in TEXT (2013)
Primary Supervisor:  Dr Moya Costello, Southern Cross University


2000 – 2004 | Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with First Class Honours

Division of Environmental and Life Sciences, Macquarie University
Children’s Medical Research Institute, Embryology Unit
Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Cytogenetics Department.

Honours Theses Titles: ‘The Role of GP900 in the adhesion and invasion process of the protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium parvum’; and, ‘Chromosomal breakpoint analysis in an anophthalmia patient with a de novo translocation’.

Major Fields:  Molecular Biology, Human Genetics


  • Co-authored research paper published in peer-reviewed journal American Journal of Medical Genetics (2006)

  • Own 40% of patented research on GP900 (molecular biology)

  • Research presented at Westmead Association Hospital Week Symposium (2004)

  • Lecture on genetics research delivered to Westmead Children’s Hospital medical professionals (2004)

Awards:  High Commendation in the Macquarie University Innovation Awards (2006) for research in molecular biology

Primary Supervisors:  Dr Martin Slade, Macquarie University (Molecular Biology); and, Dr Robyn Jamieson, Children’s Medical Research Institute and Westmead Children’s Hospital (Human Genetics).




2017-2018 |  UQ Fryer Library Creative Writing Fellow (2017)

Project is a book of poems, with the working-title, Portraits, drawing on material in the Dorothy Hill Collection (University of Queensland, Fryer Library) for inspiration. Poet-narrator is folded into the loops and flows of ecological and geological systems across time. This is an Anthropocene-aware project.

2009-Current | Artist and Researcher

Writer, researcher and poet with work published and performed in Australia and overseas.    

2015-Current | Interpretation Editing

Ashley provides innovative solutions alongside research, writing and editing services to local and state government interpretation projects from conception through to publication or installation // She works in collaboration with communities, storytellers and experts, inclusive of Indigenous communities, Land Councils and Traditional Owners, anthropologists and environmental scientists, artists and designers. 

2006 – 2013 | Translation Editing (Life Sciences)

Scientific Language Pty Ltd, Japan
High-level substantive editing skills used to prepare Japanese-to-English translated research papers for publication in international scientific journals.   

2004 – 2006 | Research Assistant (Molecular Biology)

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University


key skills



  • Excellent ability to adapt written communication to suit a wide range of publications.

  • Excellent editing skills developed at the highest academic level (PhD), and high-level editorial/curatorial skills.

  • Active listening skills effectively used to meet the needs of clients, stakeholders, communities and/or group collaboration.

  • High-level ability to explain difficult concepts to diverse audiences, with well-developed public speaking and reading/performance skills.


Research & Innovation

  • Excellent research skills developed and awarded in the arts and life sciences.

  • Excellent ability to draw upon diverse fields of study to make innovative connections, develop ideas and contribute to new ways of making meaning in the world.




  • Creative work and scholarly research published or forthcoming in: Meanjin, Southerly, TEXT, Axon, Rabbit, Verity La and Island/Islet.

  • Anthologised in Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2017, Spineless Wonders' Out of Place (2014) and Mud Map: Australian Women's Experimental Writing (2013).

  • Creative work exhibited as video artwork in collaboration with Spineless Wonders, Flashing the Square Project and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  • As an emerging critic, Ashley has reviewed contemporary Australian poetry and art exhibitions for Rochford Street Review and Mascara Literary Review.

N.B. For a current list of publications in the arts, see READ




  • Recipient: University of Queensland Fryer Library Creative Writing Fellowship (2017) [$25, 000]

  • Highly Commended: Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Prize, Queensland Poetry Festival (2016)

  • Finalist: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (2016)

  • Finalist: The joanne burnes Award for prose poetry, Spineless Wonders (2015)

  • Recipient: Australian Postgraduate Award for Creative Research PhD (2009-2012)

  • Highly Commended: Macquarie University Innovation Awards for research in molecular biology (2006).


professional development (cont.)


Performance and Reading

  • Performer at Science and Story: Speakeasy Science, World Science Festival Brisbane (2017)

  • Performer/reading at launch for Mud Map: Australian Women's Experimental Writing, Sydney (2014).

  • Performer at Spoken Word Paris, various locations in Paris (2011 – 2012).

  • Co-founder of Paris-based theatre group Fifth Wall, with shows at Au Petit Théâtre du Bonheur, Montmartre, Paris (2012)

Community, Collaboration & Workshops

  • Associate Editor at Australian literary review journal Rochford Street Review (2016 –).

  • Collaborative work with Northern Rivers Philosophy Reading Group (2016 –).

  • Experience peer-reviewing for scholarly journal TEXT (ERA rank A).

  • Volunteer with Queensland Museums, supporting annual Creative Labs programs for educators, and other exhibition programs (2015 –).

  • Participated in and co-ran writing workshops in Paris, France (2011 – 2012).

  • Languages: English (native); French (beginner-intermediate); Adobe Creative Cloud.