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Dr Ffion Murphy

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6822, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17.211
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6822
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.211  



  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland, 2004.
  • Master of Arts, The University of Sydney, 1986.
  • Graduate Diploma of Business Secretarial Studies, Edith Cowan University, 1981.
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Western Australia, 1981.


Recent Research Grants

  • 'Deep Within My Soul': Recovering Memory in Bilingual Early Alzheimer's Patients,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008 - 2013,  $84,302.
  • Kira and James: A Biographical Investigation of Two Significant Cultural Figures, Using Historical and Practice-Led Forms of Research,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $24,006.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Murphy, F., Nile, R., (2017), Writing Silence: Grieving Mothers and the Literature of War. Claiming Space for Australian Women's Writing, 37-59, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Murphy, F., (2016), All that happens: Ransom and its afterword. Literatures in English: New Frontiers in Research, 24(37), 281-293, Tubingen, Germany, Stauffenberg Verlag.

Journal Articles

  • Murphy, F., (2017), Writing Therapy: Paradox, peril and promise. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, 21(1 (Special Issue 38)), Online, Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
  • Murphy, F., Nile, R., (2016), The Naked Anzac: Exposure and Concealment in A.B. Facey's A Fortunate Life. Southerly: a review of Australian literature, 75(3), 219-237, Sydney, Brandl & Schlesinger.
  • Murphy, F., Nile, R., (2016), The many transformations of Albert Facey. M/C Journal, 19(4), Online, Brisbane, QLD, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Murphy, F., (2015), In Memoriam: Women, War and Communal Lament. Hecate: An interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 40(2), 103-122, Brisbane, Qld, Hecate Press in association with Research Group for Women, Gender, Culture and Social Change Research, Uni of Qld.
  • Murphy, F., Nile, R., (2015), Wounded storyteller: Revisiting Albert Facey's fortunate life. Westerly, 60(2), 87-100, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia, Westerly Centre, The University of Western Australia.
  • Murphy, F., (2013), History, literature and creative writing: a new dimension. Indian Journal of Australian Studies, 4(2011), 31-49, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India, Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Framing Anorexia: A Play Script And Multidimensional Investigation Of Anorexia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Lilac Tractors A Novel And Critical Essay Intersections Among Psychiatry, Madness, Sexuality And Feminism In 'lilac Tractors'.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Historian's Daughter (a Novel) Monsters And Memory (an Essay)
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Secrets, Shame And Forgiveness In Celebrity Culture And Literature.
  • Master of Arts,  Boomtown Wives: A Novel.
  • Master of Arts,  Irrestible Grace Excerpt From A Novel And Looking Back: On Writing, Travel And The Gaze An Essay
  • Master of Arts,  A Struggle For Recognition: The War Widows' Guild In Western Australia 1946- 1975 And Exegesis: Researching And Writing An Organisational History
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  "sink Or Swim: A Memoir" And "writing Memoir: Truths, Tensions, Transitions: An Essay."

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Arts,  Spectrum: Encounters With India.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Philosophy For Teenagers: Finding New Relevance In Old Concepts.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  'the Red Pipe: A Novella Set In Port Hedland', Plus An Accompanying Essay, 'ten Pounds For Adults, Kids Travel Free'
  • Museum Of The Self And Rewriting The Masculine: Exile, Return, Self-knowledge

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Headless Angel Of Chance.
  • Master of Arts,  'cooper Street'(original Screenplay) And "into The Foreground - An Examination Of Setting Within The Screenplay"
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Carousel - Novel. Writing Into The Apocalypse - An Examination Of The Method Of Writing Into The Dark Within The Context Of Post-apocalyptic Fiction.
  • Master of Arts,  'cooper Street'(original Screenplay) And "into The Foreground - An Examination Of Setting Within The Screenplay"
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Carousel - Novel. Writing Into The Apocalypse - An Examination Of The Method Of Writing Into The Dark Within The Context Of Post-apocalyptic Fiction.
  • Master of Arts by Research,  One Night In Hong Kong A Novella And Sexuality, Desire And The Aging Female Body An Essay
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Maps For The Lost. A Collection Of Short Fiction - And - Human / Nature Ecotones: Climate Change And The Ecological Imagination. A Critical Essay
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  "the Beach House".
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Who Is It That Writes? Poetry And The Plural Self
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Curse Of The Time Witch And The Time-slip Novel
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Minnesota Boy: A Journey Through Time And Place.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Double Sunrise. A Novel And Exegesis, Australian National Identity And 'the Double Sunrise'.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Saphira, The Snake Princess: A Novel And Minoan Is Not Greek: An Essay
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creativity And Illness: An Anecdotal Exploration Of A Writing Practice. Coming Undone: A Collection Of Poems & A Thesis As An Anecdotal Exploration Of A Writing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Aurora.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Murder Of Mike Macdougall, A Social Realist Novel, And The Australian Paradox: An Essay On The Australian Migrant Experience After World War Ii.
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