Matthew Thompson

Matthew C. Thompson

is the author of MAYHEM, a ‘documentary in writing’ about Australia’s most notorious bandit and prisoner, Christopher ‘BADNE$$’ Binse, published by Pan Macmillan.


About Matthew C. Thompson

Matthew C. Thompson is the author of MAYHEM, a ‘documentary in writing’ about Australia’s most notorious bandit and prisoner, Christopher ‘BADNE$$’ Binse, published by Pan Macmillan. He has also written two books of international reportage: My Colombian Death and Running with the Blood God, both published by Picador.

Matt has worked and written for a range of newspapers, magazines, and websites, taught at universities in Australia and Fiji, edited book manuscripts, and produced radio documentaries, most recently about rebel domains of the southern Philippines for ABC Radio National.

Matt completed a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney’s Writing & Society Research Centre. His dissertation examined, in part, the nonfiction of US writer William T. Vollmann and was examined by New York University’s Director of Literary Reportage, Robert Boynton. Matt is a Conjoint Fellow at the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle.

Born in Portland, Oregon, USA, Matt lives in Dungog, New South Wales, where he is a part-time firefighter and rescue operator.


Articles about Matthew C. Thompson

Articles by Matthew C. Thompson

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Idiot Box

Don’t Go To Jolo – Part Five

‘Mike has worked with enough Westerners to know to get blunt. “‘Matt, if you cannot get military protection, don’t go to Jolo. Do you understand? You are a marked man. The only white civilians in Jolo are hostages in pits.”’ The final instalment of Matthew C. Thompson’s reportage from the Sulu Archipelago

Serbian-made munitions wait to be used by gunners of the 18th Infantry Battalion

Don’t Go To Jolo – Part Two

This is the second instalment of Matthew Thompson’s account of his 2014 journey into the Sulu Archipelago.

Ambush route: soldiers scan for IEDs and gunmen on the drive through Tipo Tipo

Don’t Go To Jolo – Part One

The War on Terror that George W. Bush declared in 2001 (in which he included the Philippines as one of three fronts, the other two being Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa) may feel to America like a bad dream that is dragging on too long, but empires have come and gone during the dream of Jolo and its surrounds. The War on Terror is nothing new in the Philippines. It’s more a state of nature.