Patrick Allington lives in the Adelaide foothills, surrounded by gum trees and suburbia. His novel, Figurehead, was published by Black Inc. in 2009, and longlisted for the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award. His short fiction, essays and reviews have appeared widely, in print and online. His novel Potatoes in all their glory is currently under consideration by publishers (as they say) and he is working on two novellas: Skylights and The Former Princess Gracious.
Patrick co-edited, with Julianne Schultz, a South Australian-themed issue of Griffith Review (‘State of Hope’), which was published in February 2017. In July 2017, Monash University Publishing will publish his book on the Australian writer and historian Maria Tumarkin (title forthcoming).
Patrick was Commissioning Editor at the University of Adelaide Press and Seniors Writer-in-Residence for the SA Writers’ Centre (based at Helping Hand Aged Care, Parafield Gardens). As a freelance editor, he has edited everything from fiction to scholarly works to medical handbooks. He worked for many years in the book retail industry, most recently at Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers. Since 2014, he has worked as a Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at Flinders University. His new work Rise and Shine will be published by Scribe in 2020.