Hi, I’m Alexander

I’m a freelance writer and editor.

I write for magazines, newspapers and brands. My wide-ranging beat encompasses politics, the environment and culture as well as food, design and travel.

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Like my childhood hero, Tintin, I’m frequently away from home. I often write about my adventures — whether it’s crossing America by rail, walking the Camino in Portugal, or falling off a surfboard in Indonesia

I’ve interviewed many memorable characters — from charismatic politicians to provocative artists. I’ve quizzed Ruby Wax about mindfulness, discussed writing with authors such as Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer and the Booker-winning Alan Hollinghurst, and learnt from adventurer Sir Raunulph Fiennes about what it takes to survive the polar wastes.

Having survived a year in London as an assistant to MONOCLE’s editor-in-chief, I’ve gone on to serve the magazine as its Southern Africa correspondent. My bylines also frequently appear in other publications, including British Airways’s High Life and SAA’s Sawubona, as well as Financial Mail and Business Day. (I previously served as editor-at-large and books editor at the latter’s luxury lifestyle supplement, WANTED.)

You can read more musings on my Medium profile.

Editing

I’m the contributing editor of the soon-to-be-launched TONGUES, which showcases “conservations with questioners, mavericks and mavens”.

I edited AERODROME, a literary journal I founded with creative director Djameela Daniels, from 2013 to early 2019. We published over 900 pieces, including book reviews, extracts, interviews and original creative writing.

I also edited and project managed the pilot issue of Rhino Africa Safaris’ travel magazine, Africa Traveller in 2013.

Copywriting

I obtained a degree in creative branding communications, specialising in copywriting, from 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 on include The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg and Daffonchio & Associates Architects.

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 poems and stories here.

What else?

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 republish articles that have appeared in print as well as reflections from the field. If you’d like to see PDFs of published magazine pieces, take a look at my clippings folder.

Contact

I’m not active on social media, so to find out where I’ve been, and what I’ve been writing and reading, subscribe to my monthly newsletter. You can also drop me an email: alexgmatthews(at)gmail.com.

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