Portrait of Patrick West

Patrick West

Patrick West writes short fiction, essays and screenplays. He is Senior Lecturer in Professional & Creative Writing at Deakin University, Melbourne campus. He and his partner are raising two children.

Patrick was awarded a PhD from The University of Melbourne in 1995. He taught for almost 10 years at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and after spending a year in China (in 1997). He and his partner are raising two children. Patrick’s first short story collection was The World Swimmers. Previously, he has appeared in publications including Best Australian Stories (2006 & 2008), the Penguin Book of the Road, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature, Idiom 23, Antithesis, Going Down Swinging and Southerly. He often reviews for The Weekend Australian, The Australian Literary Review and elsewhere. Delia Falconer calls his “tender” stories “intelligent and haunting”.