Dr Amanda Curtin is the author of two novels, Elemental (2013, Australia; 2016, UK) and The Sinkings (2008); a collection of short fiction, Inherited (2011); and a work of narrative non-fiction, Kathleen O’Connor of Paris (2018). She is currently working on a new novel, a work of historical fiction set in Ireland and gold-rush Perth and Coolgardie in the 1890s.
Aside from writing, she has been a freelance book editor for more than 30 years, and she occasionally works as a mentor and workshop presenter.
She lives in suburban Perth, Western Australia—traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation—and works in a backyard studio among magpies, doves and old trees.
Recipient of a Varuna Residential Fellowship for 2022.
Nominated for the Alice Award (awarded biennially to an Australian woman who has made a long-term contribution to Australian literature), 2022, 2018.
Recipient of the Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship, awarded 2020 (part of the WA Premier’s Book Awards).
Shortlisted for the inaugural Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship, 2019.
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).
Other: Wildcare Tasmania International Nature Writing Prize (runner-up); Lee Steere Western Australian History Prize; Special Commendation, Margaret Medcalf Award for outstanding achievement in the use of the State Archives collection.
Funded residencies/fellowships: Varuna, the National Writers’ House (Australia); Sun Yat-sen University Writers Residency (China); Writers OMI (US); Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland); Hawthornden (Scotland); Tasmanian Writers Centre (Australia).
Short fiction and essays in Griffith Review, Southerly, Island, Indigo, Westerly, Review of Australian Fiction, Early Days and anthologies.
PhD in Writing; Accredited Editor (AE) with the Institute of Professional Editors
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