The shorter version
Simon Groth is a writer and long-time observer of publishing, technology, and creative industries. He’s a contributing editor to the Writing Platform and his books include collections of rock music interviews, novels for young adults, and remixes of short stories from the nineteenth century.
With if:book Australia, Simon created a series of award-winning experimental works including the 24-Hour Book, live writing events at writers festivals around the world, and a city-wide challenge to write stories for digital billboards. His reporting on digital publishing has seen him travel the globe to discuss and explore the challenges and opportunities for writers and readers in a digital world.
The longer version
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.
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.
From 2011 to 2016, I wrote a weekly column about electronic books and apps for the Courier-Mail. In 2018, I revived the idea for Screenshots, a regular column published at The Writing Platform.
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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