Hi, I’m Alexander

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

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Reporting

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

I’m a correspondent for MONOCLE, covering southern Africa for the the London-based magazine. I frequently contribute to British Airways’s inflight magazine, Highlife and the financial daily Business Day. I previously served as editor-at-large of the latter’s award-winning supplement, WANTED.

My byline has also appeared in newspapers such as the Sunday Times and Mail and Guardian and for magazines such as House and Leisure, Marie Claire SA and African Decisions.

Editing

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’ve also hosted 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.

Copywriting

I studied a degree in branding communications, specialising in copywriting, at Vega. I work with brands such as Spier Wine Farm to craft punchy, precise and evocative copy ranging from press releases to blog posts and marketing mailers. Other brands I’ve worked with include:

  • Sportscene
  • Archive
  • 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.

Commentary 

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. You can read my archived contributions to the US edition of HuffPo here. I’ve appeared on Al-Jazeera English, CBC, Deutsche Welle, Monocle 24 and the ORF’s FM4 to discuss South African politics.

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 magazine pieces, take a look at my clippings folder.

Get in touch.

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

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