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Amy Matthews

Biography/ Background

Amy T. Matthews has published short stories in collections including Best Australian Stories, and been long-listed for The Australian/Vogel literary award. She has co-edited two anthologies of short stories and poetry and was the winner of the 2010 Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award for her novel End of the Night Girl, published by Wakefield Press in 2011. End of the Night Girl has been called ‘a novel of ideas in the best possible sense' (Gillian Dooley, Writers Radio), and a ‘humanist, realist novel of the kind that makes for truly compelling reading' (Naomi Milthorpe, The Canberra Times). It was named in the Best Books of 2011 by ABR and The Advertiser and has received positive reviews in The Australian, The Advertiser, The Townsville Chronicle and ANZ Lit Lovers, and was named The Age Book of the Week on September 24th.

Amy also has an author webpage:

www.amymatthews.com.au

Qualifications

PhD in Creative Writing (2007) University of Adelaide

Honours in Creative Writing, First Class (2002) University of Adelaide

B.A., majoring in Film & Electronic Media and Communications (1998) UniSA

B.A., majoring in English and History (1995), University of Adelaide

Awards & Achievements

2011  End of the Night Girl named one of the Critics' Choice Best Books of 2011 in ABR, and as

          a Sensational Debut in The Advertiser's Best Books of 2011

2010  Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award

2009  Anna Campbell Award for Historical Romance

2009  Runner up for the Romance Writers of Australia STALI Award

2009  Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Student Feedback in Teaching and Learning

2006  Longlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award

2003  Shortlisted for the EJ Brady Short Story Prize

2002  John Howard Clark Scholar

Teaching Interests

Amy teaches in Creative Writing, Film, and Literature. At undergraduate level she has convened Creative Writing: The Essentials, and taught into Introduction to English: Ideas of the Real; English 1: Gothic; Contemporary Australian Culture; Film Studies; European Film Movements; The Short Story; and A Festival of Contemporary Writing. She has also run writing workshops for the Creative Writing Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and MA programmes.

Publications

Matthews, Amy T. End of the Night Girl. Wakefield: Kent Town, 2011.

Matthews, Amy T. 'Sharon'. Small City Tales of Strangeness and Beauty. Eds. Gillian Britton and Stephen Lawrence. Wakefield: Kent Town, 2009.

Matthews, Amy T. 'Venetian Glass.' Best Australian Stories 2007. Ed. Robert Drewe. Black Inc: Melbourne, 2007.

Co-editor & Contributor: Ashley-Brown, Henry and Amy T Matthews, Helen Mitchell, Stephanie Thomson Eds. Naming the Tortoise and other stories. Bunyip: Gawler, 2005.

Co-editor & Contributor: Ashley-Brown, Henry and Chelsea Avard, Amy T Matthews, Stephanie Thomson Eds. The Body: an anothology. Wakefield: Kent Town, 2004.

Matthews, Amy T. 'Morgen Fruh'. Cracker. Eds. Melanie Kinsman, Stefan Laszcuk, Anna Solding and Heather Taylor-Johnson. Wakefield: Kent Town, 2003.

Professional Associations

Board member of the South Australian Witers' Centre

Australian Association of Writing Programs

Romance Writers of Australia

South Australian Romance Authors

Golden Key Honour Society

Entry last updated: Monday, 30 Jan 2012

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