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 Matthews is an award-winning multi-published novelist and a scholar in the field of Creative Writing. She writes under the names Amy T. Matthews, Amy Barry, and Tess LeSue, in multiple genres, including literary fiction, book club fiction, historical fiction, romantic comedy, and historical romance. Amy was named John Howard Clark Scholar at the University of Adelaide, and is a recent Chair and longstanding boardmember of Writers SA; she is a judge of literary awards including the Adelaide Festival Awards and the MUD Club Prize for a debut novelist, and an affiliate of the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. Amy is a committee member for the Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts and Disicpline Lead of Creative Writing at Flinders University. Amy's scholarly interests include Holocaust fictions, Popular Romance Studies, historical fictions of the colonial frontier, and fictions of climate change/crisis. You can find more information on her creative work at amytmatthews.com and amy-barry.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

CHASS Research Excellence Award for HDR Supervision (2021)

Chair, Writers SA (2017-2020)

Research Fellow (University of Adelaide, 2012-2015)

Dobbie Literary Award shortlist (2012)

Colin Roderick Literary Award shortlist (2012)

Title of John Howard Clark Scholar (University of Adelaide, 2011)

Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award (2010)

Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Student Feedback in Teaching and Learning (University of Adelaide, 2009)

Anna Campbell Award (2009)

RWA STALI Award runner up (2009)

Australian/Vogel Literary Award longlist (2006)

Key responsibilities

Discipline Lead, Creative Writing

CRWR1001 Ideas: Imitation and Originality

CRWR2002 Love and Death

CRWR3100 Workshop: Stories and Submission

Creative Writing Honours Workshop

Supervisor, Creative Writing and Literary Studies (Honours, MA, PhD)

Committee member, Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts

Teaching interests

Amy's teaching interests include all forms of fiction (novels and short stories), with a particular focus on commercial genre fictions, including historical fiction, book club fiction, women's fiction, romance, romantic comedy, and fictions of climate change/crisis. Amy is also an expert in the field of the Creative Arts/Creative Writing exegesis.

Topic coordinator
CRWR1001 Ideas: Imitation and Originality
CRWR2002 Love and Death
CRWR3100 Workshop: Stories and Submission
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
Gender and sexuality
Historical fiction
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: 3602 (5), 4705 (1)
Principal supervisor: 3602 (3), 4705 (1)
Associate supervisor: 3602 (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Alex Cothren

Peter Carey Short Story Award - JUN 2019

Alex Cothren

Speculate Prize shortlist - AUG 2021

Alex Cothren

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize - MAY 2021

Matt Russell

Varuna Publisher Introduction Program - NOV 2017

Amy Mead & Alex Cothren

Editors, Westerly SA (special edition) - SEP 2018

  • Creative Writing
  • Holocaust Representation
  • Romance
Further information

Amy can also be found at her author websites:

Amy T Matthews

Amy Barry

Tess LeSue