Terry Mulhern is an award winning writer and biomedical science educator.
Terry has twice won won the Van Diemen History Prize . His 2022-23 winning essay ‘A Difficult Birth: The Van Diemen’s Land Company 1824-25‘ will appear in print and online at Forty South Tasmania and be published in The Van Diemen Anthology 2023. The Anthology will be launched at the Hobart Writers’ Festival mid-2023.
His 2020-21 winning essay ‘Insubordination and Improper Intimacy’ is available online at Forty South Tasmania and in print in Issue 101 of Forty South Tasmania Magazine and in The Van Diemen Anthology 2021.
Terry’s short story ‘The Flying Fish‘ was shortlisted for the 2022 Tasmanian Writer’s Prize and is published in the Forty South Shorty Story Anthology 2022. ‘The Satchel‘ was shortlisted for the 2021 Prize and is published in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2021.
Terry was also a finalist in the 2018/19 Van Diemen History Prize. His essay ‘St Valentine’s Tears’ was ‘Highly Commended’ and was published in The Van Diemen Anthology 2019 .
Terry’s column ‘Lobster Tales‘ appears quarterly in Forty South Tasmania Magazine. In it, he reveals Tasmanian history, people and culture as seen through the eyes of freshwater crayfish…
He has also published in The Conversation, Science Write Now, Pursuit, Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania and Australian Biochemist Magazine.
One of Terry’s obsessions is lutaralipina – Tasmania’s giant freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi. He has published research on the misconceptions surrounding its Aboriginal and scientific names, several magazine articles on it and he helped the Bob Brown Foundation build ‘Asta’ the GIANT giant crayfish puppet.
Terry splits his time between Somerset in northwest Tasmania (digging out thistles and blackberry) and Melbourne, where he is an Associate Professor (Teaching Specialist) in the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne.