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Amanda Curtin is the author of two novels (ELEMENTAL, UWA Publishing, 2013; Scribe, UK, 2016); THE SINKINGS, UWA Publishing, 2008), a collection of short stories (INHERITED, UWA Publishing, 2011), and most recently a work of creative non-fiction (KATHLEEN O’CONNOR OF PARIS, Fremantle Press, 2018). She has also worked in publishing for more than 30 years as a freelance book editor (accredited with the Institute of Professional Editors). She occasionally conducts workshops and masterclasses for writers and acts as a mentor.


Recipient of the Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship (presented 2020), WA Premier’s Book Awards.

Nominated for the 2018 Alice Award (awarded biennially to an Australian woman who has made a long-term contribution to Australian literature).

Shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier’s Book Awards (Fiction and People’s Choice categories) for Elemental.

Short fiction awards: University of Canberra National Short Story Award (joint winner); Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award; Patricia Hackett Prize for Best Contribution to Westerly; Golden Key Award for Excellence in Fiction (Asia-Pacific). Wildcare Tasmania International Nature Writing Prize (runner-up). Other: Lee Steere History Prize.

Residencies/fellowships: Sun Yat-sen University Writers Residency (China); Writers OMI (US); Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland); Hawthornden (Scotland); Tasmanian Writers Centre (Australia).

Short fiction in Griffith Review, Southerly, Island, Indigo, Westerly, Review of Australian Fiction, several anthologies.

Former fiction editor for the literary journal Westerly.

Teaching experience: sessional lecturer in editing, writing, Australian literature (Edith Cowan University); course developer, editing (Edith Cowan University).

Relevant qualifications

PhD (Writing), Edith Cowan University (2006)
BA (Writing), First-class Honours, Edith Cowan University (2003)
Accredited Editor (AE), Institute of Professional Editors

Recent experience

Editing masterclass, Centre for Stories, 2021

Session chairing, interviewing, 2021: York Writers Festival, Beaufort Street Books

Mary Durack Memorial Lecture, ‘Irish in Mind and Spirit: Artist Kathleen O’Connor’, Australian–Irish Heritage Association, 2019

Annual General Meeting address, Art Gallery of Western Australia Volunteers, 2019

Lecture for students and academic staff, ‘Different Genres, Common Threads: Time, Place and Belonging’, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou campus, China, 2019


Kathleen O’Connor of Paris

Kathleen O’Connor of Paris

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Publ. date: 2018

Genre: Creative non-fiction



Publisher: UWA Publishing

Publ. date: 2013

Genre: Novel (literary/historical)



Publisher: UWA Publishing

Publ. date: 2011

Genre: Short fiction

The Sinkings

The Sinkings

Publisher: UWA Publishing

Publ. date: 2008

Genre: Novel (literary)

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