Dr Simone Lazaroo
PhD Edith Cowan, BA Curtin, Grad Dip Ed Murdoch

Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing

About me

Simone Lazaroo is a published fiction writer and teaches creative writing at Murdoch University. Her prize-winning novels explore ways in which individuals living at the intersection of cultures in Australia, England and south-east Asian cities make identity and meaning. Her short stories have been published in England, USA and Australia, and a bilingual edition of her most recent short fiction about encounters between tourists and locals in European and North American cities in the aftermath of the global financial crisis was published in Spain (2016). Her current projects explore contemporary individuals’ experiences of tourism, migration, consumerism, poverty, desire, spirituality, grief and photography in south-east Asian, European and Australian cities. She is a member of an international team (led by Professor Isabel Carrera Suarez, University of Oviedo, Spain ) researching literary representations of contemporary cities. She has been the recipient of Australia Council and Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts literature grants and has judged various literary prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Australia/New Zealand region, 2005). She was a visiting Erasmus Mundus scholar at the University of Oviedo, (2014), a David TK Wong Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia inEngland (2000), plenary speaker at University of Barcelona, Liege and Lisbon and has spoken at various national and international literary festivals and community events.

Teaching area

EGL 122 Creative Writing Text and Practice 1

EGL 260 Projects in Creative Writing

Research areas

Simone Lazaroo’s current fiction projects include short stories and a novel. Her short stories in progress explore contemporary individuals’ experiences of migration, globalisation, travel, consumerism, desire, photography, loss and memorialisation. in cities. She is researching the commodification of history, archaeological artefacts, tourism, consumerism and interactions between tourists, residents and unemployed people in European, south-east Asian and Australian cities, for a new novel. She is a research team member in a project led by Professor Isabel Carrera Suarez (University of Oviedo, Spain), researching the figure of the stranger in cosmopolitan cities.

 

Her past fiction has explored the impact of  tourism and Empire on individuals in Singapore and other south-east Asian locations; the impact of the ‘White Australia Policy’ on individuals after World War 2 and north-Western Australian landscapes. She’s also interested in contemporary American fiction.

 

Current projects

My short stories in progress explore contemporary individuals’ experiences of migration, globalisation, travel, consumerism and desire in cities. I am researching the commodification of history, archaeological artefacts, tourism, consumerism and interactions between tourists, residents and unemployed people in European, south-east Asian and Australian cities, for a new novel. I am a research team member in a project led by Professor Isabel Carrera Suarez (University of Oviedo, Spain), researching the figure of the stranger in cosmopolitan cities.

 

Awards and grants

2012-14 Department of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia

- to write  short stories.

2010 Australia Council Literature Board Grant

2010 Shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Literary prize (for novel )

2006 WA Department of Culture and the Arts Literature Panel Grant

2006 Winner WA Premier’s Prize for Fiction ( for novel)

2005 Patricia Hackett Award for best short story

2000 Winner WA Premier’s Prize for Fiction (for novel)

2000 Awarded David TK Wong Fellowship, University of East Anglia, England

2000 Shortlisted for Kirriyama Rim Pacific Prize (USA) – (novel shortlisted with Michael Ondaatje and Carlos Fuentes).

1995 Winner WA Premier’s Prize for Fiction

Events and speaking engagements

2017 November: Plenary speaker at University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies conference.

2017 January: Plenary speaker at University of Liege, Belgium conference (European Association for Studies of Australia).

2015 January: Plenary speaker at University of Barcelona conference (European Association for Studies of Australia).

2011 ANZ Ubud International Writers’ and Readers’ Festival, Bali – invited speaker.

2011 Perth International Writers’ Festival – invited speaker.

2011 Margaret River Writers’ Festival – invited speaker.

2010 State Library of WA , Alexanderand Subiaco libraries- invited speaker.

2006 Perth International Writers’ Festival – invited speaker.

2000 Perth International Writers’ Festival – invited speaker.

1999 Melbourne Writers’ Festival – invited speaker.

Interviewed on various radio programs – e.g. 2011 ABC ‘Books and Writing’.

Professional and community service

Judge of various literary prizes, including Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Australia/New Zealand region), 2005.

WA Ministry of Culture and the Arts –  list of consultants for literature panel (2008-9).

Current PhD supervisions:

Kim Aikman

Megan Green.

Katy Watson-Kell: Creative narrative and exegesis exploring the execution of the French painting ‘Chloe,’  and its impact upon some 20th century Australian soldiers’ lives following its relocation to Australia.

Helena Kadmos: Creative narrative and exegesis exploring the short story cycle.

Karen Atkinson: PhD in progress - fictional novel and exegesis exploring some relationships between place, memory and loss in selected north and south Western Australian landscapes

Martin Ratcliff: Collection of short stories and exegesis exploring aspects of masculinity and the relationship between short stories and auntobiographical experience.

PhD completions:

Katie Dobbs (2013): “The Name of a Problem”:Ethics, Mourning and the Literary Text

John Stubley (2008) : A semi-autobiographical  novel ‘The Lonely and the Road’(exploring a young Western Australian man’s travels in USA); and an exegesis exploring the relationship between this novel and the work of Jack Kerouac.

Natalie Kon-Yu (2009): A fiction narrative ’The Other Side of Silence’ focussing on a young Italian woman’s relationship to her mother and subsequent migration to Australia and an exegesis exploring the use of fiction in writing about ’silenced’ aspects of womens’ lives.

Michelle Crawford (2010):’ Fingerprints: An exploration of identity, community and place’ – a fictional novel (set in north-west Australia) and exegesis exploring the effects of personal loss and trauma on individuals.

Masters in Research Training completion:

Helena Kadmos (2010):Three fictional short stories and an exegesis: ‘A Search for the Mother’s Story in Narrative Literature.’

Publications

Books

  • Lazaroo, S., (2016),Duty Free,KRK Ediciones, Grafinsa, Oviedo.
  • Lazaroo, S., (2014),Lost River. Four Albums,UWA Publishing.
  • Lazaroo, S., (2000),The Australian Fiance,,Picador.

Chapters

  • Lazaroo, S., (2014),Flying Home,In: Westerly, Westerly Centre, UWA, pages 71 to 81.
  • Lazaroo, S., (2014),Prelude: Transit,In: Travel and Imagination, Ashgate Publishing Limited, pages 1 to 8.
  • Lazaroo, S., (2005),Memorialising the Lost Past,In: Diaspora: The Australasian Experience, Prestige Books, pages 433 to 438.

Journals

  • Lazaroo, S., (2008), Not Just Another Migrant Story, Australian Humanities Review, , 45, pages 109 - 118.
  • Lazaroo, S., (2005), The Censors' White Flare, Westerly, 50, , pages -.

Conference

  • Lazaroo, S., (2006),Researching the Australian Fiance,In: 3rd Association of Study of Australasia in Asia (ASAA) Conference (2004).

Novels

 Lost River : Four Albums. University of Western Australia Publishers, 2014.

Sustenance. University of Western Australia Press, 2010. The

The Travel Writer. Sydney: Pan Macmillan, 2006.

The Australian Fiance. Sydney: Pan Macmillan, 2000 (reprinted 2001).

The World Waiting to be Made. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1994 (reprinted 2000).

 

Short Fiction in books:

Forthcoming December 2014: Simone Lazaroo’s  ’Duty Free’ and ‘Everything Has Already Begun to Disappear’. KRK Ediciones, Oviedo, Spain (a bilingual monograph consisting of an introduction and two of Lazaroo’s short  stories).

2014: “Transit’, in Travel and Imagination, eds Lean, Staiff and Waterton. Ashgate: ALdershot.

Short Fiction in Journals:

Forthcoming: ‘Flying Home’ in Westerly,University of Western Australia, November 2014

‘The Song Not Sung,’ Australian Review of Fiction, September 2012.

‘Cocooning’ in Amerasia Journal, UCLA, Los Angeles, September 2010.

‘Someone Else’s Bali’ in Meanjin journal, July 2010. ‘The Asian Disease,’ in Growing Up Asian in Australia, ed. Alice Pung, Melbourne:    Black Inc Press, 2008.

‘The True Body’ in Gas and Air, eds. Jill Dawson and Margo Daly, London: Bloomsbury, 2002.

‘The Censors’ White Flare’, in Westerly, vol 50, 2005, University of Western Australia.

‘Tremors’ in Golden Summers: Stories of Australian Lives ed. BR Coffey, Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1999.

 

Journal Articles

 ‘Not Another Migrant Story’ in Australian Humanities Review, issue 45, 2008.