School of Arts

Dr Antoinette Holm

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences


Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language - University of Toronto - 2016
Diploma of Education (Secondary) - University of Newcastle - 1999
Doctor of Philosophy - University of Wollongong 1999
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of Wollongong - 1991
Bachelor of Arts - Massey University - 1990


Antoinette is an independent scholar and teacher. She has been involved in the tertiary sector for many years, and taught and researched at The University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong and Monash University in Australia, and Georgetown University in the United States. Antoinette has published scholarly and academic works as well as fiction. Her first novel, Steel River, was published in 2009. In 2015/16 Antoinette lived in Dublin, Ireland, where she completed two novels, The Melancholy World of Oscar De Butant and Six Nights in Amsterdam.

A recurrent theme of her work is the relationship between history and fiction, and she explores the tension between storytelling, truth and fact, history as framing for contemporary genre fiction, and the intersection of personal memory and history. Antoinette is currently researching in the field of contextual biography.

In addition to her scholarly work Antoinette has also had a long association with writers through her own manuscript assessment service, Zephyr Manuscripts, Lynk Manuscript Assessment Service, the Hunter Writer’s centre and Writers Victoria. Antoinette has worked with Writers Victoria since 2009 as an assessor and mentor. In 2014 Antoinette was part of the inaugural conference of manuscript assessment in partnership with Writer’s Victoria.

Areas of expertise

Antoinette’s doctoral research was on the body and its representation in novels from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The thesis is titled: ‘Throwing Some Weight Around: Women and Fatness in the Contemporary, Post-colonial Societies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand.’

Antoinette specialises teaching and researching academic and fiction writing. She has taught writing (workplace, business, academic and fiction) at TAFE, College, University and Writing Centres.

Antoinette also specialises in curriculum design and has designed curriculum for academic and writing skills, as a lecturer in Public Relations, Monash University, as a consultant for FedUni College FAST program, and for the FedUni Library, Gippsland Campus.

Research interests

  • Australian History; Anglo-world history
  • Australian and international literature
  • Contextual biography



“Academic Writing” in Student Voices in Transition: The Experiences of Pathways Students 2nd edition, eds Stuart Levy and Mia Treacey, Van Schaik Publishers, Pretoria South Africa, 2015
(Co-authored with Catherine Earl)

“Face to Facebook: Social media and the learning and teaching potential of symmetrical, synchronous communication” (Co-authored with George Van Doorn. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice 10: 1 2013

“…do you love the town you live in?” narratives of place from Australian mining towns”, International Journal for Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 3: 7, 2008 pp.53−58. (Co-authored with Erik Eklund)

“The Mates of Australia: nation, men and mateship” History Now University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand, Spring 2005 10 2 pp13-18

“Being Australian, Teaching Australian”7, 2, 2002 Crossings Online journal (Co-authored with Erik Eklund)

“The Exotic and the Banal: the practice and politics of teaching Australian and New Zealand subjects in the USA”, The Australian Historical Association Bulletin 93 December 2001. (Co-authored with Erik Eklund)

Creative Writing

"Christmas" Swamp Thing Magazine, December 2013

"On the lawn", "Meeting the Real Baby Jesus at the Door of Mayfield Preschool", "An Ode to Birthdays and the Passing of Time" KNeW (poetry) October 2013

"Dead Centre" Swamp Thing Magazine, August 2013

"Wallpaper" Swamp Thing Magazine, April 2013

Steel River Arcadia: Melbourne, 2009

“A Motherhood Statement” January 2006

“Over the Edge of the World” Hecate 20:2 1994, pp. 188–192


Inaugural Manuscript Assessor Conference Sept 2/3, 2014, Writers Victoria, Australia:

‘Manuscript Assessing: An Introduction’ – panel discussion: Panellist

‘A Living Wage’ – Panel Discussion: Chair and Panellist

‘What is best practice’: Workshop – Facilitator

‘Our daughter was a duck’ or History, heritage and identity in industrial regions: identifying the context and resources for effective public policy. Monash IRS Symposium December 2008. (Co-Authored with Erik Eklund)

“Being Australian, Teaching Australian” The Past and Futures of Australian Studies: A Conference in Memory of Kay Daniels, University of Newcastle (Ourimbah Campus) NSW, 11-12 October 2002 (Co-authored with Dr Erik Eklund)

“Mateship, Men and Nation: the Trans-Tasman Conundrum (revised)”, Australian Studies of North American Association Biennial Conference, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, 24 February 2001


  • Writers Victoria