Dr Patrick Allington

Adjunct Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Patrick Allington has a BA (Hons), MA (Politics) and a PhD in Creative Writing, all from the University of Adelaide. He has taught in English, Creative Writing and Politics at the University of Adelaide, and is an experienced convenor of writing workshops, seminars and masterclasses of various sorts. His novel Figurehead (Black Inc. 2009) was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and his short fiction, essays, columns, profiles and extensive critical writings have been widely published in journals, magazines and newspapers. In the June 2011 edition of Australian Book Review he published a major essay on the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Patrick is co-editor of Griffith Review 55, 'State of Hope', on South Australia (published February 2017). His novel, Rise and Shine, will be published by Scribe in June 2020.

Patrick has previously held positions as Book Reviews Editor for Transnational Literature and as Commissioning Editor of the University of Adelaide Press. He is an experienced editor who specialises in scholarly works and in fiction.


BA (Hons, Politics)

MA (Politics)

PhD (Creative Writing)

Honours, awards and grants

2015: shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

2012: shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

2012: grant for new writing (fiction) from Arts SA

2010: recipient of the inaugural Australian Book Review Patrons' Fellowship

2010: recipient of the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship (Adelaide Festival Literary Awards)

2010: Figurehead longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award

2007: grant for new writing (fiction) from the Australia Council

2005: winner of the University of Adelaide New Writing Prize for the best PhD in Creative Writing 2004-05

Teaching interests
  • Creative writing
  • Non-fiction storytelling
  • Novels
  • Short stories
  • Academic writing
  • Professional writing
  • Critical writing
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Australian culture
  • Political writing
  • the history, present and future of books and the publishing industry
Topic coordinator
COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication
CREA2100 The Craft of Writing Workshop
CREA2134 Publishing and Editing
ENGL2134 Publishing and Editing
Supervisory interests
Australian culture
Contemporary fiction
Creative nonfiction
Creative writing, novels
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Creative Writing & English (3)
Associate supervisor: Creative Writing & English (3)
  • Writing and writers