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Research Biography

Dr Amy Matthews is an award-winning author, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Flinders University, and Deputy Director of Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts. As a novelist, she has published under the names Amy T Matthews, Amy Barry, and Tess LeSue. Amy T Matthews has published short stories in collections including Best Australian Stories and is the author of the award-winning novel End of the Night Girl (Wakefield Press: Adelaide, 2011), while her latest book Someone Else's Bucket List (Kensington: New York, 2023) is out now, and her new book, Happily Ever After, Again, will be published in July 2024 (Kensington: New York). Meanwhile, Amy Barry is the author of Kit McBride Gets A Wife (Berkley/Penguin: New York, 2022) and Marrying Off Morgan McBride (Berkley/Penguin: New York, 2023); and Tess LeSue is the author of the four book Frontiers of the Heart series (Berkley/Penguin: New York, 2018-2019; HarperCollins: Sydney, 2016). Amy's research focusses on commercial fictions, including popular romance studies, posthumanism and fictions of climate change, postcolonialism and  historical fiction, and genre studies. Her research has been published in journals including Arts and Humanities in Higher Education and TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses and her monograph Navigating the Kingdom of Night: Writing the Holocaust  was published in 2013.

Research Interests

Popular Romance

Genre Studies

Historical Fiction

Climate Fiction

Horror Fiction

Novel Writing

Literary Theory and Fiction

Creative Non-fiction

Experimental Fiction

Short Stories

Australian Fiction

Contemporary American Fiction

Feminisms and Fiction

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Ethics of Fictionalising the Holocaust: End of the Night Girl (novel) and Navigating the Kingdom of Night (exegesis), University of Adelaide

Award Date: 20 Jul 2007

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Heimweh: Fictionalising Warsaw 1939, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 16 Dec 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Communications & Film and Electronic Media, University of South Australia

Award Date: 14 Dec 1998

Bachelor of Arts, History & English, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 11 Dec 1995

External positions

Chair, Writers SA

May 2017May 2019

Research Fellow, University of Adelaide


Associate Lecturer, University of Adelaide


Board member, Writers SA


Member, Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Associate Member, JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

Member, Romance Writers of Australia

Member, South Australian Romance Authors

Member, Writers SA


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  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction
  • Popular Fiction
  • Popular Romance
  • Climate Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • American Fiction
  • Australian Fiction
  • UK Fiction
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Horror Fiction
  • Short Stories


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