Dr Amy Matthews

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (268)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Amy T. Matthews is an award winning novelist; she also writes under the names Amy Barry and Tess LeSue. She is a previous Chair of Writers SA and a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Flinders University. Amy's scholarly work is on Holocaust representation, and on Feminism, Race and Romance, and her monograph Navigating the Kingdom of Night is a landmark text in the field of scholarly exegetical writing. Amy has published short stories in collections including Best Australian Stories and has edited three collections of short stories and poetry. Tess LeSue publishes commercial fiction with Penguin Random House USA and HarperCollins/Harlequin ANZ. She can also be found at amytmatthews.com and tesslesue.com.


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2010 Winner, Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award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

Writing about place

Literary theory/criticism

Feminism and representation

Topic coordinator
CREA1021 Approaches to Creative Writing
ENGL2145 Creative Writing Workshop
ENGL2143 Approaches to Creative Writing
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
Gender and sexuality
Historical fiction
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Creative Writing (3), Literary Studies (1)
Associate supervisor: Creative Writing (3)
  • Creative Writing
  • Holocaust Representation
  • Romance
Further information

Amy can also be found at her author websites:

Amy T Matthews

Tess LeSue