About Me

My name is Patrick Cornish. I am a writer and editor living in Perth, Western Australia.

“Brisk, bright and colourful” would be my banner as a professional wordsmith.

I work for Relationships Australia one day a week, as Content Editor in the Corporate office in West Leederville, and usually spend the rest of my professional time on writing obituaries for The West Australian newspaper, and on commissioned book projects.

In a voluntary capacity I am Chair of the Western Australian working party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography. This role caters to my professional interest in history and biography. Since the Dictionary management team is based at the Australian National University in Canberra, this connection keeps me in touch with national views on historical authenticity and editorial vigilance.

In 2008 I was a judge for the WA Premier’s Book Awards.


I have a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Western Australia. From 1990 to 1993 I was Director of Journalism at Murdoch University, Perth, teaching in the graduate diploma in journalism.

I have tutored in English literature at UWA and the National University of Singapore, and in journalism at Curtin University of Technology.

Twenty-five years of full-time newspaper reporting, sub-editing and feature writing have taught me a lot about tailoring sentences to suit different readers and customers.

One of my many teachers…an elder
at Yuendemu, Northern Territory