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.

Most of my paid work comprises writing obituaries for The West Australian daily newspaper, and commissioned book projects. The books are a blend of biographical and historical.

Formal qualifications and employment

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 new 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 taught me the rudiments of concise and colourful writing.

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