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Cosgrove, Shady Associate Professor, Creative Writing

Faculty Member

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of the Arts, English and Media

Overview


Dr Shady Cosgrove is a novelist and academic, with research interests in prose fiction and narratology. Her novel, What the Ground Can't Hold (Picador Australia), explores themes of hope, survival and forgiveness within the context of Argentina's Dirty War. 

Shady's memoir She Played Elvis (Allen and Unwin) was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Prize. The work chronicles Shady's pilgrimage across America to Graceland to honour the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and explores the themes of family, loss and belonging.

Her short fiction has appeared in Southerly, takahe, Cordite, Eunoia Review, Antipodes, Overland, Best Australian Short Stories as well as Spineless Wonders publications like Flashing the Square, Small Wonder and Out of Place. She regularly presents at the Australasian Association of Writing Programs annual conference, and the International Conference of the Short Story in English and has received the Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, and is a member of academic honour society Phi Betta Kappa.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Shady Cosgrove is finishing her novel FREEFALL about a group of squatters in New York City who try to live 'outside' of money. Her 2013 novel What the Ground Can't Hold (Picador Australia) chronicles the lives of nine people trapped in the Andes after an avalanche, and explores themes of hope, survival and forgiveness. In 2007, her creative non-fiction manuscript 'She Played Elvis' about a pilgrimage across America was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Prize and subsequently published by Allen and Unwin. Her short fiction has appeared in Southerly, Antipodes, Overland, Best Australian Short Stories, and Spineless Wonders publications.

    Shady has a background in journalism – she worked for John Fairfax Holdings at the Sydney Morning Herald and Illawarra Mercury, and covered the Sydney Olympic Games. She graduated from Vassar College, New York (1996) with departmental and general honours in Women Studies and English before completing her doctorate at the Australian National University in 2002. She is also a member of academic honour society Phi Betta Kappa. 

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Let the Dead Speak: An Exploration of the Depiction of the Victim in Detective Fiction
    Doctor of Creative Arts The Horse-Human Bond in Literature: Healing Metaphors and Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. Kroll, Jeri
    Doctor of Philosophy 'The plants may use the meter of eternity. We do not know': An Enquiry into Environment in Australian Science and Speculative Fiction. Barber, Tess
    Doctor of Philosophy But wait there’s more: counter-mapping place to disrupt local histories Saunders, Jen

Full Name


  • Shady Cosgrove

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Shady Cosgrove is finishing her novel FREEFALL about a group of squatters in New York City who try to live 'outside' of money. Her 2013 novel What the Ground Can't Hold (Picador Australia) chronicles the lives of nine people trapped in the Andes after an avalanche, and explores themes of hope, survival and forgiveness. In 2007, her creative non-fiction manuscript 'She Played Elvis' about a pilgrimage across America was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Prize and subsequently published by Allen and Unwin. Her short fiction has appeared in Southerly, Antipodes, Overland, Best Australian Short Stories, and Spineless Wonders publications.

    Shady has a background in journalism – she worked for John Fairfax Holdings at the Sydney Morning Herald and Illawarra Mercury, and covered the Sydney Olympic Games. She graduated from Vassar College, New York (1996) with departmental and general honours in Women Studies and English before completing her doctorate at the Australian National University in 2002. She is also a member of academic honour society Phi Betta Kappa. 

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Let the Dead Speak: An Exploration of the Depiction of the Victim in Detective Fiction
    Doctor of Creative Arts The Horse-Human Bond in Literature: Healing Metaphors and Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. Kroll, Jeri
    Doctor of Philosophy 'The plants may use the meter of eternity. We do not know': An Enquiry into Environment in Australian Science and Speculative Fiction. Barber, Tess
    Doctor of Philosophy But wait there’s more: counter-mapping place to disrupt local histories Saunders, Jen

Full Name


  • Shady Cosgrove