Dr Terry Westby-Nunn

Dr Terry Westby-Nunn


Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts


  • BA (Rhodes University)
  • MA (University of Cape Town)
  • PhD (University of Pretoria)


Terry Westby-Nunn is fond of caramelised onions, thinking about the world, and belly-laughs.

Her documentaries and art shorts have screened at festivals around the globe, including Durban, Edinburgh, Makhanda, Vancouver, Cape Town and Berlin. Her environmental short film, Custom, won the international “Letters from the Sky” art-film competition in 2011. Her debut novel, The Sea of Wise Insects, won the University of Johannesburg’s Prize for Best Creative Debut in 2012. Her literary crime novel, The Artist Vanishes, was published by Penguin Books in South Africa in 2021.

Some of her interests are memory, the individual in society, animal and environmental rights, and the Anthropocene. Her PhD in Creative Writing looked at ecofeminism in post-transitional South African speculative fiction.

She is currently lecturing in the School of the Arts at the University of Hull.

Awards and prizes

University of Johannesburg Prize


Awarded the University of Johannesburg Prize for Best Creative Debut for "The Sea of Wise Insects"

Top Award: Letters from the Sky Climate Change Film Festival


Journal peer reviewer

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment


Image & Text


Scrutiny2 Journal


Scholarship role

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship


Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow in Creative Writing at Rhodes University, Makhanda (Grahamstown), South Africa.

University of Pretoria Postgraduate Doctoral bursary