Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and ninety-second, is of journalist, fiction and academic writer David Mathew. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
David Mathew was born in the small town of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, in England. Because he stepped over a milestone of a birthday three years ago and has officially (but reluctantly) entered ‘middle age’, you can probably do the math as to when he first bawled. He grew up in Bedfordshire, apart from a period of time in Melbourne, Australia, and went to university in Bangor, North Wales, when he was eighteen. After graduating, he got a job in Sales and Advertising for a newspaper but he hated it; so he trained to be a teacher and worked in Cairo, Gdansk and eventually London. He has worked in education ever since, while maintaining a parallel career in freelance journalism, fiction writing and academic writing. He works for the University of Bedfordshire and he is interested in psychoanalysis, crime and music. He is the author of three novels – O My Days, Creature Feature, and most recently Ventriloquists – and a volume of short stories entitled Paranoid Landscapes. His wide areas of interest include psychoanalysis, linguistics, distance learning, prisons and online anxiety. With approximately 600 published pieces to his name, including a novel based on his time working in the education department of a maximum security prison (O My Days), he has published widely in academic, journalistic and fiction outlets. In addition to his writing, he co-edits The Journal of Pedagogic Development (at the University of Bedfordshire, UK), teaches academic writing, and he particularly enjoys lecturing in foreign countries and learning about wine.
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