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.

All essays by Matthew C. Thompson