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 more recently in 'Best Australian Stories 2010', 'Etchings', 'Fire' and 'Knitting'                    ( Margaret River Press ), 'Hecate' , Newcastle Short Story Anthology.  Her short story 'Countdown'  won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Short  Story award (see menu), while 'Opposable Thumb' won best short fiction in 4W' New Writing 29.

Her microfiction   is published by Spineless Wonders in hard copy and online:                  ' Out of Place' , 'Time' and 'Pulped Fiction'.  'On the Hour' ( "Out of Place') won                  'Best Writer' at the Microflix short film awards of 2019.


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 historical fiction, 'Living like a Kelly'.

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 Her latest novel is the Historical Fiction OF BREATH AND BLOOD (see menu).