Hi, I’m Alexander

I’m a freelance writer and editor based in South Africa.



I cover southern Africa for the London-based MONOCLE magazine, and my byline regularly appears in South Africa’s Sunday Times, the financial daily Business Day and its award-winning supplement, WANTEDI’ve also written widely for magazines such as House and Leisure, BA Highlife and African Decisions.

My reportage spans everything from politics and business, to culture, travel, food and design.


I edit AERODROME, a literary journal I founded with creative director Djameela Daniels in July 2013. We publish book reviews, author interviews, as well as original short stories and poetry. Our presence is mostly digital, but we also host the occasional Salon (with our friends at La Petite Mort), and we produced a limited edition print journal in 2014.

I also edited and project managed the pilot issue of Rhino Africa Safaris’ travel magazine, Africa Traveller.


I studied branding communications, specialising in copywriting, at Vega. Since graduating, I’ve crafted copy for brands such as:

  • Spier wine farm
  • Daffonchio & Associates Architects
  • American Express Centurion
  • The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

Creative Writing

My short stories have been published in The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories (Umuzi) and Adults Only (Mercury), the 2014 National Arts Festival Short.Sharp.Stories competition’s anthology. You can read some of my poetry and short fiction on my creative writing blog, The Marginal Obscura.


Occasionally I write for The Huffington Post and on Medium. My (mostly mothballed) blog, Afrodissident, was twice shortlisted for Best South African Politics Blog, and features impassioned rants about stuff like human rights and Zimbabwe.

What else?

From June 2010 to June 2011, I was an assistant to Tyler Brûlé, the editor-in-chief of MONOCLE, in London. I was a writing coach for the Democratic Alliance’s Young Leadership Programme from 2010 to 2014 and served as poetry convenor of the 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival.

About alexandermatthews.net

Here I occasionally post articles published in print (both new and old) and commentary that has appeared elsewhere online. If you’d like to see PDFs of published print pieces, take a look at my clippings folder.

Contact me!

Drop me a line: alexgmatthews(at)gmail.com

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