Paul Connolly Bio
A journalist, author and editor for almost 30 years, I've written for publications including The Monthly, The Guardian(UK), Guardian Australia, Good Weekend magazine (where I write a flash fiction column called Kitchen Sink Drama), The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Sun-Herald, The Sunday Age, Sunday Life magazine, Qantas magazine, The Global Mail, Sports Illustrated Australia, Readers Digest, Marie Claire, the(sydney)magazine, the(melbourne)magazine, Sport & Style magazine, Who Weekly magazine, the Illawarra Mercury, and many more. In doing so I've produced hard news, feature articles, profiles, sport pieces, humour columns and travel stories. I even subbed for a short spell, a long time ago, at TV Soap magazine. So, in addition to my experiences above, I'm familiar with the name 'Ridge'. Now you know.
I've written six books: athlete John Maclean's Sucking the Marrow Out of Life (Pier 9, 2005), The World's Weirdest Sports (Pier 9, 2007), The Mighty Bras (Affirm Press, 2010), The Streak (Hardie Grant, 2015), Kitchen Sink Drama (Text Publishing, 2020) and most recently performer Rob Mills' Putting on a Show (Affirm Press, 2022). I've also edited Father Figures (Affirm Press, 2017), Rugby League's Greatest Hits (Hardie Grant, 2013), and done freelance editing for Hardie Grant and Affirm Press since 2010.
For what it's worth (about $3.75), in 2012 I won the Australian Sports Commission award for 'best profile' (for a piece on sprinter Josh Ross in The Global Mail) and I was nominated for the same award in 2013 (for a Guardian Australia profile on the extraordinary Franz Stampfl). My work has featured in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 The Best Australian Sportswriting collections (editor Garrie Hutchinson, Black Inc.), and I won the high jump at my school in year 12. I'm not that tall so that's more impressive than it sounds.
In addition to writing, I run writing workshops, conduct secondary school appearances and workshops (see Wordsworthy Writing and Publishing link), and for six years I've worked as a tutor in media writing at the University of Melbourne.