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Amanda Tink

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of South Australia

Dr Amanda Tink is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UniSA Creative, University of South Australia, and Adjunct Research Fellow at Western Sydney University's Writing and Society Research Centre. She is a proud disabled person with research interests in Australian disabled authors, crip poetics and memoir, and the Nazi genocide of disabled people. She is currently working on the Australian Research Council discovery project "Finding Australia's Disabled Authors: Connection, Creativity, Community." In 2023 she completed her project "Learning my First Language: Blindness, Neurodivergence, and our Creative Writing Practices" funded by Creative Australia, and graduated from her PhD. Her thesis "Never Towing a Line: Les Murray, Autism, and Australian Literature" details how Murray's autism and his experiences of being disabled influenced his poetry. In 2022, with Dr Jessica White, she co-edited a special issue of Australian Literary Studies titled "Writing Disability in Australia". Her chapter, "‘If You’re Different Are You the Same?’: The Nazi Genocide of Disabled People and Les Murray’s Fredy Neptune", in Genocide Perspectives VI, was shortlisted for the nonfiction category of the 2021 Woollahra Digital Literary Award.


  • 2023–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, Western Sydney University
  • 2024–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of South Australia


  • 2023 
    Western Sydney University, PhD Humanities and Communication Arts
  • 2017 
    Western Sydney University, Master of Research