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Amy Matthews is an award-winning author, Associate Professor in Creative Writing at Flinders University, and committee member and past 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 in the US now and will be published by Simon & Schuster in ANZ in early 2024. Amy's next book, Best, First, and Last, will be published in  the US in July 2024 (Kensington: New York) and in ANZ in December 2024 (Simon & Schuster: Sydney). Meanwhile, Amy Barry is the author of Kit McBride Gets A Wife (Berkley/Penguin: New York, 2022; Simon & Schuster: Sydney, 2024) and Marrying Off Morgan McBride (Berkley/Penguin: New York, 2023; Simon & Schuster: Sydney, 2024); 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 Q1 journals including Arts and Humanities in Higher Education and New Writing, and in TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. 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

Supervised Students Successes

  • Aug 2021 Alex Cothren - Speculate Prize shortlist
  • May 2021 Alex Cothren - William Van Dyke Short Story Prize
  • Jun 2019 Alex Cothren - Peter Carey Short Story Award
  • Sep 2018 Amy Mead & Alex Cothren - Editors, Westerly SA (special edition)
  • Jun 2018 Amy Mead - Editor, MC Journal, 21:4
  • Nov 2017 Matt Russell - Varuna Publisher Introduction Program

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • 3602 (3)
  • 4705 (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • 3602 (1)

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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Research Areas

  • Creative writing

Supervisory Interests

  • Historical fiction
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Contemporary Australian fiction
  • Contemporary American literature
  • Creative writing, short stories
  • Creative writing
  • Creative writing (exegeses)
  • Creative writing theory and practice
  • Gender studies
  • Feminism
  • Postcolonial approaches to literature
  • Climate change


  • PR English literature
  • 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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