Stephen Carleton is an award-winning Brisbane-based writer. He is the winner of the 2016 Matilda Award for Best New Australian Work for Bastard Territory, the 2015 Griffin Award for The Turquoise Elephant, and the 2004/5 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset. That play also won the New York New Dramatists’ Award, and was shortlisted for an AWGIE, and the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. His new musical 'Joh for PM' (written with Paul Hodge) opened this year's Brisbane Musical Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse. He is a Senior Lecturer working within the Drama major at the University of Queensland, where he teaches courses in playwriting and dramaturgy, Australian Drama, and theatre history, specialising in postcolonial and Gothic theatre.