Van Luyn, Ariella

Dr Ariella Van Luyn is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of New England, Australia, and Adjunct Lecturer at James Cook University, Townsville. She is the author of a novel, Treading Air, set in 1920s North Queensland, and several short stories that engage with little-known aspects of Queensland’s past, published in magazines including Island, Southerly, and Voiceworks. Her research interests include historical fiction, regional writing practices, community narratives, and practice-led research. 


  • Artistic
    Saturday, 24 July 1971, Tower Mill Hotel The man jiggles the brick, gauges its weight. His stout hand, a flash of his watch dial, the sleeve rolled back, muscles on the upper arm bundled...Read more
  • Editorial
    The first thing you do when you begin your PhD is label your Endnote library “the woods.”  Your supervisor has warned you: you must not get lost.  I know you, your supervisor says, you’ll wander around forever, out there amongst the research. You’re too scared to tell them that you’ve already wandered off the beaten track, skirted around the signs that say "beware of the neurosis," and...Read more
  • Editorial
    Wandering is an embodied movement through a landscape, cityscape, or soundscape; it is a venture that one may undertake voluntarily or reluctantly. It is similar to wayfaring and roaming, and different to walking. As a metaphor and as a figuration of subjectivity, wandering allows for a number of non-linear engagements: loitering, overhearing, wildflowering, meandering, even time travel....Read more