Photos by Robert Alexander Smith, 2018.
Matilda Dixon-Smith is a writer, editor, artist and theatre-maker from Melbourne. She is a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from The University of Melbourne (2013) and an avid reader, writer and viewer. She is a freelance journalist and cultural critic, and the author of Change-makers: The pin-up book of pioneers, troublemakers and radicals for Smith Street Books (due Nov/Dec 2018). She tweets, sometimes intermittently but mostly in alarming deluges, at @mdixonsmith.
Matilda has worked as an editorial assistant and submissions manager at Penguin Random House (2013-2015), Black Inc. Books (2016) and Executive Media (2013). In 2010, she co-founded the review blog You're Dripping Egg, where she served as editor-in-chief until the site's closure in 2014. Currently Matilda works freelance editing, ghostwriting and proofreading for publishing houses in Melbourne.
Matilda is a journalist and cultural critic writing on pop culture, politics, mental health and feminism. She is also the former staff writer for pop culture website Junkee, where she covered entertainment, politics and health. Matilda's work has appeared in Fairfax, The Guardian, Crikey, SBS, ABC News, Kill Your Darlings, Overland Journal, Going Down Swinging, Time Out Melbourne and other outlets.
Matilda's passion for critical writing won her a place in Next Wave Festival's arts writing mentorship program, Text Camp, in 2014. She was also awarded a Glenfern Fellowship for Emerging Writers in 2014. She is a regular guest on Radio National, Joy FM, 3RRR and the Rereaders podcast. Matilda also writes for the screen, and currently has works for the web, television and film in development.
Matilda is also a theatre-maker. She is the co-founder and an Artistic Director of Twelve Angry. She has written, directed, produced, designed costumes and managed publicity for the stage. She has worked on a variety of productions including: The History Boys, 2012; In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), 2013; Blasted, 2013; The Wild Party, 2013; The Taming of the Shrew, 2015; [Lady] Macbeth, 2016; and Bachelorette, 2016. Matilda has also worked as a freelance director at The University of Melbourne's residential colleges. In 2014 Matilda co-created and wrote the book for the cult-hit Devoted: A New Musical, a queer musical satire after Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical Grease, which premiered to sold-out audiences at Melbourne's 2014 Midsumma Festival.
Matilda is currently writing, editing and making theatre all around Melbourne.