Welcome to looking up/looking down, a blog about writing and reading and watching the world.
I’m the author of two novels, Elemental (2013, 2016, 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).
Aside from writing, I’ve been a freelance book editor for more than 30 years, and I occasionally conduct workshops for writers.
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). *RIP, our beautiful Lily, 2004–2021
Recipient of the Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship, 2020 (part of the WA Premier’s Book Awards).
Shortlisted for the inaugural Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship, 2019.
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).
Other: Lee Steere Western Australian 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, and several anthologies.
PhD in Writing; Accredited Editor (AE) with the Institute of Professional Editors
Text and images on this site (unless otherwise attributed) © Amanda Curtin
‘2, 2 and 2’ and ‘3, 3 and 3’ series: interview responses © interviewees