Amy T. Matthews

 Amy T. Matthews is an award-winning novelist who also writes historical romance under the name Tess LeSue and has published short stories in collections including Best Australian Stories. Her novel End of the Night Girl won the Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award, and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award and the Colin Roderick Award. Tess LeSue’s novel Bound for Eden was shortlisted for the Romance Writers of Australia EmeraldPRO Award and was published by HarperCollins/MIRA in 2016; she has just finished the sequel, Bound for Sin. She has co-edited three collections of short stories and poetry, including Crush which was published by MidnightSun in 2017. Amy is also a scholar and a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Flinders University. Her book-length exegesis Navigating the Kingdom of Night is an exploration of representing historical trauma in fiction and is a landmark text in Australian exegetical writing.

Amy and Stephen Orr will be discussing ‘The long and the short of it’ on Sunday Nov 5 at 2:40pm.

The Australian Short Story Festival is an annual festival celebrating short stories in written as well as spoken form