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Matthew's story

Matthew Ryan Davies is an author, freelance copywriter and editor from Melbourne. He has ghostwritten seven nonfiction titles, written features for Australian magazines, published more than 100 articles online and written scripts for television commercials and documentaries.

Matthew works mostly in the health sphere, editing university textbooks for medical and nursing students and writing for healthcare organisations such as Beyond Blue, Cancer Council Victoria and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. In 2019 he worked with the communications team for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to deliver its interim report and then again in 2020 to develop its final report, published in February 2021.


Matthew is also the author of This Thing of Darkness (Scholastic, 2018), a contemporary young adult novel about guilt, grief, love and forgiveness set in modern-day Melbourne. As a manuscript, This Thing of Darkness was highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Things We Bury is his first book for the adult market.


Matthew served as an Emerging Writers’ Festival board member for five years, with a two-year stint as the festival’s chair. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two grown children.


Find out more about Matthew’s young adult fiction at

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