Dr Matthew Thompson is the author of MAYHEM, a blistering account of the life and times of Australia's most notorious bandit and prisoner, Christopher 'Badness' Binse.

He has also written two books of international reportage: the bestselling My Colombian Death and its acclaimed sequel, Running with the Blood God. Researching these books found Dr Thompson hiking into bamboo forests to meet Filipino guerrillas, sprinting from Iranian riot police, taking part in traumatic ceremonies with a Colombian shaman and exploring the country's then-paramilitarised street life, touring Kosovo with Serb nationalists, weeping inconsolably at a Pow Wow in Portland, Oregon, and much more.


Dr Thompson has worked and written for a range of newspapers and magazines, edited book manuscripts, and has written and produced radio documentaries. He lectures at universities, enjoys public speaking and has many powerful stories to tell.


Born in Portland, Oregon, USA, Thompson lives in Dungog, New South Wales, Australia, where he is a part-time firefighter and rescue operator. He is a Doctor of Creative Arts, with his dissertation examined by New York University’s Director of Literary Reportage, Robert Boynton.

Dr Thompson is a Conjoint Fellow at the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle.

Dr Thompson, who has taught journalism and writing at universities in Australia and Fiji, tells his students that if they wholeheartedly embrace writing then there will be casualties.

Matthew Thompson checks for hot spots in the smouldering ruins of a house.