Amy Matthews

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 She has co-edited two anthologies of short stories and poetry and was the winner of the 2010 Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award for her novel End of the Night Girl, published by Wakefield Press in 2011.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:

  • 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    2010  Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award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

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Entry last updated: Monday, 30 Jan 2012