About

Hello, and welcome to looking up/looking down, a blog about writing and reading and watching the world.

I am the author of two novels, Elemental (2013, 2016, Australia; 2016, UK) and The Sinkings (2008), and a collection of short fiction, Inherited (2011).

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My short fiction has been published in Griffith Review, Southerly, Island, Indigo, Westerly and Review of Australian Fiction.

I have been fortunate enough to have been awarded residencies at OMI’s Ledig House (US), the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Hawthornden (Scotland) and the Tasmanian Writers Centre (Australia)—all of them inspiring, productive experiences.

Aside from writing, I have been a freelance book editor for more than 25 years, and I occasionally conduct workshops for writers. I am associated with Edith Cowan University (Perth, Western Australia) as an Adjunct Lecturer, have a PhD in Writing and am an Accredited Editor (AE) with the Institute of Professional Editors. I was the fiction editor for the literary journal Westerly from 2014 to mid 2016 and am now one of the journal’s editorial consultants.

I live and work in an old house in an old suburb of Perth, Western Australia, with my husband (who prefers not to be photographed) and an extremely opinionated Siamese cat (who insists on it).

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I am represented by Clive Newman. More about me here and here.

Thanks for visiting looking up/looking down.

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Text and images on this site (unless otherwise attributed) © Amanda Curtin

12 responses to “About

  1. Dear Amanda,
    Thanks for the fantastic writing workshop held at UWA on Tuesday. I really enjoyed the wild writing exercises and look forward to employing them as I start the sequel to my first novel, The Magpie’s Nest (the manuscript I submitted to UWAP on Tuesday. It’s set in a costume hire shop and is about an enchanted gown called Esmeralda).
    I include for you the link to the blog post I wrote for the City of Perth regarding your seminar, which Kiri has put on the UWAP Facebook page. http://www.perthwinterarts.com.au/blog/pens-ready-uwa
    I have bought your novel, Inherited, and look forward to consuming it on the plane to Melbourne this weekend.
    Cordial regards,
    Jacqueline Perry-Strickland

    • Hi Jacqueline. I’m so pleased to know you left the workshop feeling inspired. Your novel sounds intriguing—good luck with the submission. And what a great blog post for WinterArts! Thanks for the message, and I hope to see you again sometime. 🙂

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  3. bernard ryan

    Amanda: if you wish to see by VERY brief review of “Elemental”,have a look at “Queenscliffe Herald”,August edition. You may recall I host “The Blurb”, a 2-hr weekly books program on Geelong community radio 94.7fm THE PULSE…streaming at http://www.947thepulse.com 2-4pm Tuesdays AEST.
    I loved the book – as i told you – and i hope it gets the attentionb it deserves!

    Bernard [ bpryan19945@bigpond.com]

    • Hi there Bernard! I certainly do recall—it was a great pleasure to talk to you on 94.7fm—and thank you so much for your wonderful support for Elemental. I’ll email you about the review 🙂

  4. Amanda, I was born and raised in Orkney and then the Scottish Highlands in a small fishing village. Elemental awoke memories that had been resting for 40 years. It is hard to conceive that so many of the ideals and beliefs of the fisher folk survived to influence my childhood in the 60’s. Thank you for capturing the essence of the folk from the boatie shore.

    • Hello there (so sorry I don’t know your name!) and thank you very much for taking the trouble to write. It’s wonderful to know that you felt that kind of personal affinity with, and recognition of, Meggie’s world. Lovely to get feedback like this. Thanks again—I do appreciate it. 🙂
      Amanda

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