Back to list

Professor John Kinsella 

Year started




Fellow Type


John Kinsella, one of Australia’s leading literary figures, is resident in Churchill every Michaelmas Term and part of the summer. He is active on numerous fronts, whether writers workshops, Faculty classes on modern poetry, or literary theory. He and his partner, Tracy Ryan, also a poet, have generously funded two annual Prizes open to students at Cambridge University: the ‘John Kinsella / Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize’ and ‘The Other Prize’ (for play-writing), both at £500 each. The judges for the Prizes are chosen from Churchill and elsewhere and ‘The Other Prize’ includes a workshop on the winning script by the Literary Manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company, using RSC actors.

John Kinsella’s blog

The John Kinsella/Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize