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Professor of Writing, University of Technology Sydney

John Dale is Professor of Writing at UTS. He is the author of six books including the best-selling Huckstepp, two international crime novels, Dark Angel and The Dogs are Barking, and a memoir, Wild Life, an investigation into the fatal shooting of his grandfather in 1940s Tasmania. He has edited two anthologies, Out West and Car Lovers, and co-edited a third anthology, Best on Ground. His novel, Leaving Suzie Pye, was translated into Turkish, and his novella Plenty was published in 2013.

His latest crime novel, based on an unsolved Sydney murder, is Detective Work. His research and teaching areas include narrative fiction, creative non-fiction, the novella and crime narratives.


  • 2008–present
    Head of Creative Practice, UTS


  • 1999 
    UTS, Doctorate of Creative Arts