Meet the Team
Associate Professor Liz Byrski
Dr Liz Byrski is the Director of the China Australia Writing Centre at Curtin University.
She is a novelist, non-fiction writer, former journalist and ABC broadcaster, with more than fifty years’ experience in the British and Australian media.
Liz is the author of eight novels including Gang of Four, and Family Secrets, and several non-fiction books including In Love and War: Nursing Heroes and Remember Me. Her books have been published in the UK, France and Germany, and her articles and essays have been published in international newspapers, magazines and journals.
She has also worked as an advisor to a Minister in the Western Australian Government, and is former President of the WA Women’s Advisory Council to the Premier.
Dr Henry Li
Dr Henry Li is the Deputy Director of the China Australia Writing Centre and the Director of International Programs in the school of Media Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University Faculty of Humanities.
He is also the Deputy Director at the Centre for Culture and Technology. Before joining Curtin in 2013 he worked in the central government of China for ten years, designing and delivering executive training programs for Chinese and international participants.
He has a master’s degree in translation and interpreting from Beijing Foreign Studies University and obtained his PhD from ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology.
Julie Lunn is the Executive Assistant for the China Australia Writing Centre. She also works at Curtin University as the Research Culture Officer in the Faculty of Humanities, a position she has held since 2010.
Julie has worked as a historical researcher on a number of commissioned histories, Municipal Heritage Inventories and Conservation Plans, and was Research Assistant from 2008 – 2010 for the Curtin and ARC Linkage project ‘Remembering the Wars: The community meanings of war memorials in Western Australia.’
Dr Danielle O’Leary
Dr Danielle O’Leary is the Research Assistant for the China Australia Writing Centre.
She received her PhD in 2015 from the University of Western Australia. Her research interests include representation of nation, construction of family and contemporary fiction.
Danielle also teaches in the Literary and Cultural Studies major at Curtin University.