About Simon Groth
I write stories. I also sharpen language, play with form, and explore the influence of technology on reading and writing culture, but I got into all that because I've always liked writing stories.
My undergraduate degree was in occupational therapy, but don't hold that against me. I've worked in academic research, with web sites, around assistive technology and disability, tending to small mammals, professional editing and—finally—somewhere here at the nexus of technology and books.
I've had a handful of short stories published in literary journals in Australia and the United States.
Early in my career, I had a couple of novels shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and a young adult novel I wrote with my brother, Darren was shortlisted for the prestigious Text Prize.
Which is nice.
In 2010, I was the co-editor with Sean Sennett of Off The Record: 25 Years of Music Street Press, published by UQP; probably the most fun I've ever had putting a shitload of words together. You should buy a copy. It's really good.
In that same year, I began work with if:book Australia, exploring digital futures for authors, readers, and publishers. I spent nearly eight years with if:book, publishing tens of thousands of words from some of the nation’s best writers and thinkers on book futures, took a complete book from concept to print in twenty-four hours, and created live writing events around the world.
In 2016, I published Hunted Down and Other Tales, an extended literary remix of work originally by nineteenth century Australian author, Marcus Clarke.
From 2011 to 2016, I wrote a weekly column about electronic books and apps for the Courier-Mail. In 2018, I have revived the idea for Screenshots, a weekly column published at The Writing Platform.
In 2017, I helped create #8WordStory, a campaign that challenged writers to create complete stories using only eight words for publication to a network of digital billboards.
Infinite Blue, a young adult novel written with my brother, Darren, was released in the United States and Canada in September 2018. It’s ‘achingly beautiful and (infinitely) heartbreaking’. You should buy a copy.
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