Bronwyn Lovell



Bronwyn has a passion for language and storytelling, and has loved writing since she was a little girl. She studied cinema and creative writing at the University of Sydney as well as the University of Melbourne, where she was the recipient of the H.B. Higgins Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Poetry and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award for Performing Arts.

In 2019, Bronwyn completed her PhD at Flinders University in Adelaide, where she researched depictions of female astronauts in space narratives and gender discrimination in the space industry. Her controversial essay “Science Fiction’s Women Problem”, published by the Conversation and ABC News Online, gained international attention and was a finalist for the 2017 CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in Humanities and Social Sciences. Her article “Cosmic careers and dead children: Women working in space in Aliens, Gravity, Extant and The Cloverfield Paradox” was published in Science Fiction Film & Television‘s special edition “When the astronaut is a woman”.

Bronwyn’s poetry has been published in numerous publications, including Best Australian Poems, Australian Poetry JournalAward Winning Australian Writing, Antipodes, MeanjinSoutherlyCordite Poetry Review, Verity La, MascaraRabbitAustralian Love Poems, The Global Poetry Anthology, Strange Horizons and The Rhysling Anthology.

Bronwyn has won the Val Vallis Award (2017) and the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize (2013), and been shortlisted for the Fair Australia Prize (2018; 2017), the Judith Wright Poetry Prize (2017), the Newcastle Poetry Prize (2013), the Bridport Prize (2013) and the Montreal International Poetry Prize (2011).

She was a judge for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, a speaker at the Australian Youth Humanities Forum, and has read at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Bendigo Writers Festival, the Williamstown Literary Festival, La Mama Poetica and on ABC Radio National.

Bronwyn’s love of words and stories has taken her to opposite ends of the country and the globe: from writing and editing children’s books in the UK, to teaching in remote communities in Cape York and Arnhem Land, to being an artist-in-residence on Flinders Island in the Bass Strait, to interning at Poets House in New York City.


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Awards, Grants & Residencies

(c) kite   2020 Arts SA: Independent Makers and Presenters grant
2020 Varuna and Write On Door County Lamplight Residency
2020 Varuna Publisher Introduction Program: Shortlisted
   2018 & 2016 Science Fiction Poetry Association: Rhysling Award Candidate
2018 Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund scholarship
  2018 & 2017 Fair Australia Prize: Shortlisted
   2017 Judith Wright Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
  2017 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award
  2017 Australian Space Research Conference Best Student Oral Presentation: Runner-up
  2017 CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Finalist
  2016 Ian Potter Cultural Trust: Individual Artists Grant
  2016 Arts SA: Independent Makers and Presenters Development Grant
  2016 Eleanor Dark Foundation: Tyrone Guthrie Writing Exchange
  2015 Varuna Writers House: Residential Fellowship
  2015 Australian Postgraduate Award
  2014 Arts Victoria: VicArts Grant
  2014 Australian Poetry: Online writer-in-residence for June
  2014 Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre: Emerging writer-in-residence
  2013 Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize: Highly Commended
  2013 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize: Commended
  2013 Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize
  2013 Bridport Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
  2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
  2013 Flinders Island Mountain Seas Arts Program: Artist-in-residence
  2013 Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards: Shortlisted
  2013 Bendigo Writers Festival Poetry Slam: Third prize
  2013 Fish International Poetry Contest: Longlisted
  2013 Varuna Publisher Fellowship: Shortlisted
  2013 & 2012 Doire Press International Poetry Contest: Shortlisted
   2012 Australia Council for the Arts: ArtStart Literature Grant
  2012 Bendigo Writers Festival Poetry Slam: Silver Medal
  2012 Eyre Writers Awards Free Verse Poetry Section: Commended
  2012 Brunswick Poets & Writers Workshop 38th Annual Literary Competition: Shortlisted
  2011 Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition: Second prize
  2011 ZineWest Competition: Commended
  2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
  2011 Rossgill Media Travel Writing Contest: Shortlisted
  2011 Bard of the Stables Poetry Competition: Commended
  2011 Hannah Barry Memorial Award for Performing Arts
  2011 H.B. Higgins Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Poetry
  2011 University of Melbourne Above Water Creative Writing Competition: Shortlisted
  2011 Sydney Road Writers Competition Short Piece: Written Section Winner
   2011 South Eastern Centre for Sustainability Environmental Poetry Competition: Open Written SectionWinner
  2011 & 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival Poetry Idol: Finalist
  2010 Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup: Encouragement Award

This poem appeals because it best demonstrates the importance—to both writing good poetry and to leading a more contented life perhaps—of paying close attention; of seeing as opposed to looking; of really listening as opposed to having perfect hearing; of actively joining the dots as opposed to waiting for life to get up and hit you over the head.

~ Judge’s comments on my Commended poem in the 2012 Eyre Writers Annual Literary Awards

This is a whimsical and… delightful celebration of the self—of the sheer joy (at least sometimes!) of being alone, free from duties and social obligations.

~ Judge Shane McCauley’s comments on my Commended poem in the 2013 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize

Doppler Shift by Bronwyn Lovell has the authority of considered experience, and commands attention.

~ Judge Jennifer Compton’s comments on my Highly Commended poem in the 2013 MPU International Poetry Prize

Highly skilful verse novel. Not a word out of place. Narrative seamless, intriguing and beautifully rendered.

~ Varuna the National Writers’ House 2014 peer assessors’ comments about my science fiction poetry manuscript

In ‘Quietly, on the way to Mars’, Bronwyn Lovell opens a space for the discussion of human evolution and the unknown. This dazzling lyric and narrative poem courses a similar trajectory to such other transformative feminist poems as Adrienne Rich’s ‘Diving into the Wreck’. Lovell’s poem houses shadows, a sense of the past and a curiosity concerning them; it sustains a speculative quality and maintains a fascination with the psychology of law and relationships; it is compelling for its wit, its command of striking language, its sense of quiet achievement.

~ Judges Stuart Barnes and Michelle Cahill’s comments on my winning poem in the 2017 Val Vallis Award

The moon-shaped music of Bronwyn Lovell’s ‘Moon’ would eventually not let itself be forgotten.

~ Judges Ali Cobby Eckermann and Toby Fitch’s comments on my shortlisted poem in the 2017 Judith Wright Poetry Prize