Dorothy Simmons grew up in Northern Ireland, studied at Edinburgh University and moved to Australia as a young adult. Since then, she has juggled high school teaching - English / Drama - with creative and professional writing. Her first published work was a play, 'Night Exercise', performed by the Murray River Performing Group. She went on to write four Young Adult novels, 'Video Zone', 'Ridge', 'Frames' and 'Time Out', published by Lothian Books.
Dorothy's poetry and short fiction have appeared in various literary magazines, including '5 Bells','The Greenhouse', 'Southerly', '4W' ( Booranga Writers ), and most recently in 'Best Australian Stories 2010', 'Etchings', 'Fire' and 'Knitting' ( Margaret River Press ), 'Hecate' and ' Out of Place' ( Spineless Wonders ). Non-fiction articles have appeared in 'Metaphor', the professional journal of English teachers (NSW), and 'Antipodes', the publication of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies.
Dorothy's PhD in Creative Writing at Melbourne University, completed in 2014, comprised the critical 'Such is life: myth and meaning' and what became her latest novel, 'Living like a Kelly'.
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Since then, writing achievements include -
* microfiction, published by Spineless Wonders: ON THE HOUR and IN THE AIR
in the anthologies OUT OF PLACE and TIME respectively.
The former won 'Best Writer' at the Microflix short film award in 2019.
' Fellowship of Australian Writers short story award for COUNTDOWN (see above)
* publication of the Historical Fiction OF BREATH AND BLOOD.