is a widely published fiction writer, essayist, public intellectual, and Associate Professor in Writing and Literature. He is also the Higher Degree Research Coordinator in Deakin’s School of Communication and Creative Arts, and in 2016 initiated the one-year PhD by Prior Publications in the Creative Arts for artist-scholars with outstanding national or international reputations. As a teacher, Patrick has a special interest and expertise in developing real-world writing opportunities for young, marginalized, and emerging writers.
Patrick is a strong advocate for best practice in preparing writers to thrive in a fast-evolving, international writing marketplace. He is a member of ACEA (Australasian Corrections Education Association Inc: “supporting ideas and values for education and training in correctional settings”). His writing often incorporates multi-artform collaborations with photographers, dancers, sound designers, film-makers, and public art practitioners. His short story collection, The World Swimmers, was praised by The Australian as “a textured, bold and ambitious debut” containing “incredible insight into the human condition throughout”. Patrick’s current research focus is on the relations of writing and architecture.