Matthew Hooton

Matthew Hooton worked for four years as an editor and teacher in South Korea, where he first encountered stories of the Dutch shipwreck and plight of Korean ‘Comfort Women.’ His first novel, Deloume Road, which also features scenes set during the Korean War, was published in 2010 by Knopf/Vintage in Canada, and Jonathan Cape/Vintage in the UK. It was awarded the Greene & Heaton Prize for best manuscript from the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA Program in 2008, and the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’ in 2010. He has also written fiction and non-fiction for venues such as Westerly, Geist, PRISM, Aesthetica, Riddle Fence, Reader’s Digest, and the CBC. He holds a BA in Professional Writing from the University of Victoria in Canada, an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Bath Spa University in England, and a PhD from the University of Adelaide in Australia, for which Typhoon Kingdom manuscript was part of a dissertation that was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence (2017). He has taught creative writing courses at the University of Victoria, where he sat on the fiction editorial board of The Malahat Review, and now teaches creative writing at the University of Adelaide.