Dr Matthew Thompson is a swirl of contradictions, collisions and energies, as are we all. The things he does include writing books, essays and journalism, making documentaries, hiking and exploring, pondering life, teaching at universities, giving public talks, and working as a professional firefighter and rescue operator.


Dr Thompson's most recent book is MAYHEM, a blistering, unhinged, yet razor-sharp 'documentary-in-writing' about Australia's most notorious bandit and prisoner, Christopher 'BADNE$$' Binse. Dr Thompson is now at work on a volatile and provocative screenplay of this ferocious tale.


Dr Thompson 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 enjoys public speaking and has many powerful and important stories to tell.


Born in Portland, Oregon, USA, Thompson lives in the small town of Dungog, New South Wales, Australia. 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.