Position

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Biography

Amy T. Matthews is an award winning novelist who also writes historical romance under the name Tess LeSue. She is the Chair of Writers SA and a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. Her novel End of the Night Girl (Wakefield Press, 2011) won the Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award, and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award and the Colin Roderick Award. Her book-length exegesis Navigating the Kingdom of Night (University of Adelaide Press, 2013) is a landmark text in Australian exegetical writing.Amy's scholarly work is on Holocaust representation and Feminism, Race and Romance. Tess LeSue's novel Bound for Eden (HarperCollins/MIRA, 2016) was shortlisted for the Romance Writers of Australia EmeraldPRO Award and her 'Frontiers of the Heart' series will be published internationally by Penguin Random House in 2018.

Qualifications

PhD, Creative Writing (2007), University of Adelaide
First Class Honours, Creative Writing (2002), University of Adelaide
BA, Communications and Film & Electronic Media (1998), University of South Australia
BA, History and English (1995), University of Adelaide

Honours, awards and grants

Literary Awards

2016 Two Steps on the Water, Special Mention, Adelaide Festival Wakefield Prize

2015 Bound for Eden (under the name Tess LeSue), Shortlisted, RWA's EmeraldPRO Award

2012 End of the Night Girl, Shortlisted, Nita B Kibble Dobbie Award

2012 End of the Night Girl, Shortlisted, Colin Roderick Literary Award
2011 End of the Night Girl, listed in Australian Book Review's Best Books of 2011
2011 End of the Night Girl, The Advertiser's Sensational Debut of 2011
2010 Winner, Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award
2009 Lady Grace (under the name Tess LeSue),Anna Campbell Award
2009 Bound for Eden (under the name Tess LeSue),Runner-up, Romance Writers' of Australia STALI Award
2006 Longlisted, The Australian/Vogel Literary Award
2003 Shortlisted, EJ Brady Short Story Prize

Academic and Teaching Honours and Awards
2012-2015 Research Fellow, University of Adelaide
2012 Title of John Howard Clark Scholar, University of Adelaide
2009 Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Student Feedback in Teaching & Learning,
 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Adelaide
2002 John Howard Clark Prize (Honours English/Creative Writing), University of Adelaide
2003-2006 Australian Postgraduate Award
1996-1998 Dean's Merit List, University of South Australia

Key responsibilities

Memberships and Other Roles

Chair, Writers SA

Member, JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

Member, Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Member, Romance Writers of Australia

Member, Romance Writers of America

Teaching interests

Creative Writing
The Novel
Short Stories


Holocaust representation in fiction

Historical fiction

Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Australian Fiction


Genre Fiction
Romance


Writing about place


Literary theory/criticism

Feminism and representation

Topic Coordinator:

  • CREA1021  Approaches to Creative Writing
  • ENGL2143  Approaches to Creative Writing
  • ENGL2145  Creative Writing Workshop

Research expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Literary studies 

Research interests

Novel writing
Short story writing
Script writing
Australian Fiction
Genre Fiction
Romance
Historical Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Film & Television
Writing about place
Raunch culture & Hypersexuality

Supervisory interests

  • Australian literature
  • Contemporary American literature
  • Contemporary Australian literature
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Contemporary literature
  • Creative writing
  • Creative writing, novels
  • Creative writing, short stories
  • English literature
  • Feature film
  • Fiction
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Historical fiction
  • Holocaust
  • Literature
  • Television

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Creative Writing (3) ; Literary Studies (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Creative Writing (3) ;

Publications

  • Matthews, A.T. (2017). Chapter Two: Travels Through the Kingdom of Night. In Dominique Hecq & Julian Novitz, ed. Inhabitation: Creative Writing with Critical Theory. Canterbury: Gylphi.
  • Matthews, A. (2013). Navigating the Kingdom of Night. Adelaide, Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2015). 'Meeting the Shark' Flinders University: IABA Asia-Pacific Chapter. Locating Lives: The Inaugural Conference for the IABA Asia-Pacific Chapter.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. and Washington, L. (Eds.). (2017). Crush: stories about love. Adelaide: Midnight Sun.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). The Hopeful Romantic. Kill Your Darlings, 27
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2018). Bound for Sin. New York: Penguin RandomHouse.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2018). Bound for Temptation. New York: Penguin RandomHouse/Berkley/Jove.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2018). Bound for Eden. New York: Penguin RandomHouse.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2017). Love of Mine. Crush: stories about love. Adelaide, Australia: Midnight Sun, pp. 179-182.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2017). 'Thinking About Camels: writing in the academy' *Text. Online
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). 'The letter: Entangled' Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. London: Sage. Special Issue (Digital)
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). Bound for Eden. Book. Sydney, Australia: HarperCollins/Harlequin/MIRA, pp. 1-379.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). Entangled. Adelaide
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). Entangled (short film) ‘Why Do Things Break’ symposium.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). 'The girl up the tree' and 'The girl in the Wild West' Speakeasy
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). 'You Write What? In Defence of Romance' In Daily.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2015). ‘Lion Hunt: turning family stories into magic realist fiction’ Eugen Bacon, Dominique Hecq and Amelia Walker, ed. Writing the Ghost Train: Rewrriting, Remaking, Rediscovering. Australia: Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2014). 'This is the body of Wonderful Jones' Lynette Washington, ed. Breaking Beauty. Adelaide: Midnight Sun, pp. 14-17.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2011). End of the Night Girl. Kent Town, Australia: Wakefield Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2009). Sharon. Small City Tales of Strangeness and Beauty. Kent Town, Australia: Wakefield Press, pp. 65-71.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2007). Venetian Glass. Best Australian Stories 2007. Collingwood, Australia: Black Inc., pp. 294-298.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2004). Moishe the Nose. The Body : An Anthology. Kent Town, Australia: Wakefield Press, pp. 20-24.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2004). Good Girl. The Body : An Anthology. Kent Town, Australia: Wakefield Press, pp. 152-161.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2003). Morgen Früh. Cracker! : A Christmas Collection. Kent Town, Australia: Wakefield Press, pp. 160-170.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2015). 'Travels through the Kingdom of Night: Writing about the History of the Holocaust in End of the Night Girl and Navigating the Kingdom of Night' In Eugen Bacon, Dominique Hecq and Amelia Walker, ed. The Writing the Ghost Train: Rewriting, Remaking, Rediscovering Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 20th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2015, Melbourne AUS. Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne: AAWP. 20TH AAWP CONFERENCE: WRITING THE GHOST TRAIN. Melbourne, Victoria. Nov 2015.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2017). 'The Vessel and the Trace: Memory in Anna Funder's Stasiland' Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature,
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). Entangled: the exegetical process of a romance writer. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Special Issue (Digital)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2017). Chapter Two: Travels Through the Kingdom of Night. In Dominique Hecq & Julian Novitz, ed. Inhabitation: Creative Writing with Critical Theory. Canterbury: Gylphi.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2015). 'Travels through the Kingdom of Night: Writing about the History of the Holocaust in End of the Night Girl and Navigating the Kingdom of Night' In Eugen Bacon, Dominique Hecq and Amelia Walker, ed. The Writing the Ghost Train: Rewriting, Remaking, Rediscovering Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 20th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2015, Melbourne AUS. Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne: AAWP. 20TH AAWP CONFERENCE: WRITING THE GHOST TRAIN. Melbourne, Victoria. Nov 2015.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A. (2013). Navigating the Kingdom of Night. Adelaide, Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. and Washington, L. (Eds.). (2017). Crush: stories about love. Adelaide: Midnight Sun.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2015). 'Meeting the Shark' Flinders University: IABA Asia-Pacific Chapter. Locating Lives: The Inaugural Conference for the IABA Asia-Pacific Chapter.
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2017). 'The Vessel and the Trace: Memory in Anna Funder's Stasiland' Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature,
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). Entangled: the exegetical process of a romance writer. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Special Issue (Digital)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2016). The Hopeful Romantic. Kill Your Darlings, 27
    [Web Link]
  • Matthews, A.T. (2018). Bound for Sin. New York: Penguin RandomHouse.
  • Matthews, A.T. (2018). Bound for Temptation. New York: Penguin RandomHouse/Berkley/Jove.

Professional and community engagement

  • Chair, Writers SA
  • Co-convenor, 2016 Romance Writers of Australia / Flinders University Love and Romance conference
  • Member, JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice
  • Editorial Board, Writers In Conversation (Journal)
  • Advisory Board, Flinders Institute for Research into the Humanities
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 Panel Chair at several Adelaide Festival Writers' Week sessions
  • Board, SA Writers Centre
  • 2012-2013 Deputy Chair, SA Writers Centre
  • 2009-2012 Board member, SA Writers Centre
  • 2005-2009 Judge, Gawler Library National Short Story Competition

Expertise for media contact

Interests

  • Creative Writing (Novelist )
  • Holocaust Representation
  • Romance (Feminism and romance fiction Historical Romance )

Contact

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Phone: +61 8 82015874
Email:
Location: Humanities Building (268)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Further information

Amy can also be found at her author websites:

Amy T Matthews

Tess LeSue

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