About Tobias McCorkell

Tobias McCorkell is the author of forthcoming novel Everything in its Right Place (Transit Lounge, 2020) and Transgressive Fiction (1984–2017): Taboos, Sex and Style (ibidem Press, 2021), a theoretical book examining transgressive fiction writing in Australia, the US, Germany, France, and the UK.

Tobias’ fiction and non-fiction, which interrogates class, gender and generational divides in contemporary Western culture, has featured in Boundless, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. The manuscript for his first novel, Barely Anything, was awarded the University of Melbourne/Affirm Press Prize for Creative Writing in 2015. In 2018, Tobias appeared at the Melbourne Emerging Writer’s Festival. In 2019, he was accepted into residency programs both domestically and internationally, including a Varuna Residency Fellowship and a Leighton Artists Studios Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada.

Professionally, Tobias has been teaching creative writing at the University of Melbourne since 2012. He also writes light non-fiction, humour and gift books for Smith Street Books, under the name Tobias Anthony. His titles include Hipster Baby Names (2016), In Line to the Throne (2016), Should I Buy This Book?: Life’s Hardest Decisions Made Easy by Flow Chart (2017), A Very Modern Dictionary (2017), Ginger Pride (2018) and Super Fans: Music’s Most Dedicated (2018). Together, these books have sold more than 20,000 copies in the UK, the US and Australia. In 2020, he will publish A Very Modern Dictionary Vol. 2.

Tobias holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, which he completed under the supervision of Tony Birch (Miles Franklin Award-shortlisted author of Blood [UQP, 2011] and Ghost River [UQP, 2015]). Tobias’s thesis analysed depictions of gender, sexuality, narcissism and the media in Australian and American works of ‘blank fiction’, including Christos Tsiolkas’ Loaded and Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero.

He is currently working on his third novel, which is an examination of love, sexuality and misogyny in the modern era.

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