• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6251

Mitchell, Susan Jean

(1945 – )
  • Born 1 January, 1945, Adelaide South Australia Australia
  • Occupation Academic, Author, Broadcaster, Journalist, Public speaker


Susan Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Arts (Drama and Film) from Flinders University, and a PhD in Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney.

She worked as a high school teacher in Adelaide and London before becoming a lecturer in literary studies at the South Australian College of Advanced Education. Later, Susan took up the position of senior lecturer in communications and creative writing at the University of South Australia. She is also an Emeritus Professor at Flinders University.

Susan has worked as a screenwriter and editor and was Australia’s first television critic on Today at One. As a radio broadcaster, Susan worked in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, and she has hosted her own series of interview programs.

Throughout her career, Susan has written for numerous major newspapers and magazines in the United States and Australia, including The Australian, The Bulletin, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is also the author of fourteen best-selling and highly-acclaimed books.

Susan has been a Director on the Literature Board of The Australia Council, on the Board of Film Australia and the Board of The South Australian Tourism Commission.


Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Susan Mitchell, circa 1987-circa 2002 [manuscript]
  • State Library of South Australia
    • Radio tribute to Barbara Hanrahan by Susan Mitchell [sound recording]
  • National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    • Susan Mitchell collection [sound recording]
  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Susan Mitchell, author, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
  • Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
    • General correspondence, July-December 1993